Republic of Angola
Brazil was the first country to recognize the independence of Angola, in November 1975, undertaking the commitment of providing diplomatic support to the Angolan Government even during the most difficult period of the Cold War; the Angolan independence occurred under the aegis of the Marxist-inspired Movement for the Liberation of Angola.
Diplomatic relations with Angola are based on the ‘Declaration of Strategic Partnership,’ signed in June 2010. Areas of mutual interest and priorities in terms of technical cooperation, political agreement and economic integration are defined by the document.
Angola is one of the largest trading partners of Brazil in Africa. Between 2002 and 2008, bilateral trade flow has grown over twentyfold, reaching USD 4.21 billion. Brazil is one of the main trading partners of Angola and many Brazilian construction companies have office in Luanda. The credit line granted by BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank) to Angola in recent years is an efficient mechanism for supporting the consolidation of Brazil's presence in that market.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1975 – Brazil is the first country to recognize the independence of Angola
1980 – Signature of agreement on Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation
1982 – 1st Session of the Bilateral Cooperation Joint Committee
1983 – 2nd Session of the Bilateral Cooperation Joint Committee
1984 – 3rd Session of the Bilateral Cooperation Joint Committee
1992 – 5th Session of the Bilateral Cooperation Joint Committee
2002 – Student vacancies start to be granted in Brazilian universities for Angolans attending graduate (PEC-G) and postgraduate courses (PEC-PG)
2003 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Angola
2005 – 6th Session of the Bilateral Cooperation Joint Committee
2007 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Angola
2010 – President José Eduardo dos Santos visits Brazil and the Strategic Partnership is signed
2015 – Minister Mauro Vieira makes an official visit to Angola, when he signs the Cooperation and Investment Facilitation Agreement between Brazil and Angola with his homologue, Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti (April 1st)
2015 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Angola, Georges Chikoti, makes an official visit to Brazil in the context of the celebrations of the 40 years of Brazil's recognition of the Independence of Angola and the establishment of diplomatic relations (November 12-13)
2016 – Meetings of the Minister of Foreign Affairs José Serra with his counterparts of Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique and with the Secretary-General of CPLP (October 30)
2018 – Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Angola (February 9)