The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama, will visit Brasília on June 11-13 to carry out engagements that include a work meeting with Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria will also visit São Paulo on June 14 and 15 and is expected to meet with officials and businessmen.
The meeting with minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on the 12th, will offer an opportunity to review the main themes of the bilateral relations, following the visit of the Brazilian Foreign Minister to Abuja last October.
Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and most populous country, and plays an increasingly important role in its region and with regards to global affairs. Brazil maintains a strategic dialogue mechanism with Nigeria and seeks to further strengthen economic, commercial and cultural ties between the two countries. There is an interest from both sides in strengthening cooperation in agriculture, diversifying the trade portfolio and exploring new opportunities for investment, defense, legal cooperation and energy.
Bilateral trade totaled around 1.5 billion dollars in 2017 and 538.5 million dollars in the first four months of 2018, accounting for an increase of approximately 22% over the same period last year.