Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will travel on a second official tour to the African Continent from October 11 to 16, 2017. Four West African countries will be visited: Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Benin.
Relations with Africa are a permanent priority to the Brazilian Government. This second official visit by Minister Aloysio Nunes to the continent reaffirms this priority and strives to further strengthen the economic, political and cultural ties that unite Brazil and these friendly countries.
Over the past decade, West Africa has experimented expressive growth rates and achieved important progress in terms of political stability and democratic governance. The Brazilian Government has continued to reinforce its commitment to contribute to the socioeconomic development and to the consolidation of peace and democracy in West Africa through a horizontal partnership based on South-South solidarity.
On October 11, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will visit Ghana, where he will be received by Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and will be hosted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for a meeting. Relations with Ghana are marked by political convergence and important economic ties. The Brazil-Ghana Business Forum, hosted by APEX and Itamaraty last August in Accra, only confirms the commitment of the Brazilian Government with the intensification of bilateral economic relations.
On October 12, Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will visit Nigeria. In Abuja, he will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama. Brazil-Nigeria relations reached a new level in 2013, when the First Session of the Strategic Dialogue Mechanism was held in Brasilia. In August 2017, APEX and Itamaraty organized the Brazil-Nigeria Business Forum, in Lagos, which sought to exploit the great potential of economic relations between Brazil and the largest African economy.
On October 13, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will be the first Brazilian Foreign Minister to visit Côte d’Ivoire since the visit of Saraiva Guerreiro, in 1983. On the occasion, Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will be received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcel Amon-Tanoh. The visit will explore common areas of technical cooperation and opportunities to intensify trade and investment flows.
On October 14, Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will visit Benin, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbénonci and with Presidente Patrice Talon. Discussions will be held on bilateral and regional political themes, the intense bilateral technical cooperation agenda and the potentialities of the economic relations between the two countries. Benin – home of an important community of Afro-Brazilian returnees known as “agudás” – is one of the West African countries with which Brazil keeps very close cultural ties.