The Minister of External Relations, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, will visit Colombia on November 5, 2012, when he will meet the Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, on the occasion of the 3rd Meeting of the Brazil-Colombia Bilateral Commission.
The foreign ministers will examine the main topics on the bilateral, regional and global agenda, such as cooperation and border development, educational cooperation, regional integration processes, science and technology and environment. The main results of the meetings of the 14th Neighborhood and Integration Commission and working groups linked to it will also be presented to Ministers Patriota and Holguín.
Besides the political relevance, the partnership between Brazil and Colombia is increasingly important from the economic and trade point of view. Bilateral trade has increased by 430% between 2002 and 2011, from US$ 747 million to US$ 3.9 billion. The Brazilian export mix is diversified and consists mainly of manufactured products. Until September 2012, Brazil exported US$ 1.9 billion to Colombia and imported about US$ 1 billion.