Angolan president calls for boost to relationship with Brazil

17 June 2014

Angola should extend its relationship with Brazil to new areas of cooperation, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos said in Brasilia Monday according to Angolan news agency Angop.

As part of his State visit to Brazil, dos Santos said that Angola offered excellent conditions for development of agriculture and that the Angolan government intended to put conditions in place to process products locally in order to reduce imports of consumer goods.

José Eduardo dos Santos said that several legal instruments had been approved as part of cooperation with Brazil and that others were being prepared with a view to improving the mechanisms of their strategic partnership.

Newspaper Jornal de Angola reported that the two countries had signed a financial agreement, discussed setting up a BRICS development bank and transferring Angolan prisoners.

Information published by Brazil’s Foreign Relations Ministry showed that between 2009 and 2013 trade between Angola and Brazil rose from US$1.47 billion to US$1.99 billion and in 2013 Brazil was Angola’s fourth-largest source of imports.

The Angolan president and his delegation are due to travel to Cuba on Tuesday for a State visit scheduled to end on 20 June. (macauhub/AO/BR)