The Minister of External Relations, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru, in Brasília on July 15, 2013. It is his second visit to Brazil since he took office as Minister of Foreign Affairs in July 2011. In 2012 he accompanied President Goodluck Jonathan to Brazil, on the occasion of the Rio+20 Summit.
The Ministers will review the main issues on the bilateral agenda, with emphasis on the Strategic Dialogue Mechanism, created during the visit of President Dilma Rousseff to Abuja last February. The Mechanism provides for conducting annual meetings headed by the Vice-Presidents of each country. Topics such as agriculture, energy, infrastructure, trade and investment may be addressed at the first meeting, to be held this year. Brazil is interested, in particular, in promoting trade with Nigeria, the second largest economy in Africa.
The Foreign Ministers will also discuss regional and multilateral issues, especially cooperation within the Summit of South American-Africa (ASA), whose creation was due, to a great extent, to the initiative of Brazil and Nigeria.
Bilateral trade flow has increased significantly in the past ten years, growing over fivefold in the period, from US$ 1.6 billion to US$ 9.1 billion. Nigeria accounts for about 35% of Brazil's trade with the African continent.