The Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola, Georges Chikoti, will visit Brasília on November 13 and 14, 2012, when he will take part in the I High Level Bilateral Commission and hold a working meeting with Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. This is the third visit of the Angolan Foreign Minister to Brazil since entering office in November 2010.
Brazil and Angola have maintained a Strategic Partnership since June 2010, when the mechanism was established on a visit to Brasília by President José Eduardo dos Santos, and whose importance was reiterated when President Dilma Rousseff visited Luanda in November 2011.
The Foreign Ministers will review the main items in the bilateral and regional agenda, with special attention to cooperation on education, health, culture, agriculture, defense, information technology, fight against transnational crime and migration and consular matters, as well as the political situation in Guinea-Bissau, the upcoming Summit of the Africa-South America Mechanism and the revitalization of the South Atlantic Zone for Peace and Cooperation (ZOPACAS, whose presidency is currently held by Angola).
In the economic domain, the Ministers will assess the efforts to strengthen the trade exchange and investment. Brazilian civil construction, mining and energy companies and are among the largest foreign investors in Angola. Bilateral trade evolved significantly in the last ten years, with a 716% growth between 2002 and 2011, from US$ 211 million to US$ 1.51 billion.