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Minister Mauro Vieira is received by the President of Ghana, John Mahama
        Visit to the construction site of the Nkrumah Circle interchange, in  Accra
O Ministro Mauro Vieira é recebido pelo Presidente de São Tomé e Príncipe, Manuel Pinto da Costa     
Minister  Mauro Vieira is hosted by  the President
of Sao Tome and Principe, Manuel Pinto da Costa
Minister Mauro Vieira and the 
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, 
Oldemiro Balói, during the signing of an act.
      
Minister Mauro Vieira is received by the  President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi
Ministers Mauro Vieira and Georges Chikoti sign Cooperation and Facilitation Agreement between Brazil and Angola

 

From March 28 to April 2, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauro Vieira, will visit Ghana, São Tomé and Príncipe, Mozambique and Angola.

This first African tour by Minister Vieira reflects the importance Brazil attaches to its relations with Africa. Brazil's engagement with Africa in recent years has included technical cooperation projects; expanded investment by Brazilian companies, and increased trade (which more than quadrupled between 2003 and 2013, from $ 6.1 billion to $ 28.5 billion); expanding the network of Brazilian diplomatic posts; and reciprocal visits by presidents and other senior government officials.

In Ghana, on March 28, the foreign minister will be received by President John Mahama, hold a working meeting with his counterpart Hanna Tetteh, and visit the ‘Brazil House’, a building constructed by slaves who had returned to Ghana from Brazil in the nineteenth century.

Total trade between Brazil and Ghana is $ 323 million (2014), with Brazil having a surplus of $ 102 million. Brazilian companies have a growing presence in the country, and trade is a central aspect of the bilateral relationship. The Ghanian government has also shown interest in adopting social programs developed in Brazil, especially the Bolsa Família.

On March 29 Minister Vieira will be in Sao Tome and Principe, where he will meet with President Manuel Pinto da Costa, Prime Minister Patrice Thunderstorm, Foreign Minister Manuel Salvador dos Ramos, and other senior officials.

Out of all the technical cooperation agendas Brazil pursues with the Portuguese-speaking African countries, its agenda with Sao Tome and Principe ranks second in terms of total resources and projects. Recently it has included the creation of the Vocational Training Centre and the establishment of Brazil's Naval Mission to Sao Tome and Principe, both in 2014. The Brazilian naval mission will help restructure  São Tome and Príncipe's naval power, in line with the common goal of promoting peace and security in the South Atlantic within the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone (ZPCSA).

In Mozambique, on March 30, Minister Vieira will have meetings with President Filipe Nyusi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Baloi, among other officials.

Mozambique is the leading recipient of Brazilian cooperation, with projects in areas including health, agriculture, education and vocational training. The country is also an important destination for Brazilian investment. Bilateral trade grew 111% between 2006 and 2014, reaching US $ 74.1 million.

On April 1st,  Minister Mauro Vieira will visit Angola, where he will have a working meeting with his counterpart Georges Chikoti. He will also be received by President José Eduardo dos Santos. During the visit Minister Vieira will attend the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Promotion of Investment in Industry, Agriculture, Energy and Services, and visit the new premises of the Brazil-Angola Cultural Center.

Angola is one of Brazil’s foremost economic partners in Africa, with Brazilian companies having a growing presence in the country in various sectors. Equally important is the presence of Angolan companies in Brazil. Bilateral trade grew by more than 80% between 2006 and 2014, reaching $ 2.37 billion.


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