Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota will visit Ethiopia on April 23-24, where he will be hosted by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and will hold a working meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Hailemariam Desalegn.
Minister Patriota will also take part in a Ministerial Meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the situation in Guinea-Bissau and in Mali, as well as on the peace process between Sudan and South Sudan.
The visit reflects the closer bilateral ties brought about by the opening of the Brazilian Embassy in Addis Ababa, in 2005, and the opening of the Ethiopian Embassy in Brasília, in 2011. In that same year, trade between Brazil and Ethiopia reached US$ 34.28 million.
The second largest country in Africa and the 10th economy in the continent, Ethiopia is among the fastest-growing economies in the region. By hosting the headquarters of the African Union and other United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Ababa is a prominent diplomatic pole, playing a major role in the peace processes within the continent.