Congo President Makes Extended Visit to Brazil

The President of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, started an official visit to Brasil yesterday. Nguesso and various cabinet members of his government will remain in Brazil until June 19.

During his stay in Brasilia, Nguesso will meet president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and visit the Brazilian Congress and Supreme Court. He will also meet with the president of the Brazilian Farm Research Corporation (Embrapa).


Nguesso will meet with Brazilian business leaders in Rio and São Paulo, including the directors of Petrobras and the Vale do Rio Doce Company.


According to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, the Nguesso visit is part of Brazil’s efforts to strengthen relations with Africa, “one of the priorities of the Lula administration.”


The president of Congo is seen in Brasí­lia as an active African president who is a leader in preventing and resolving conflicts on the continent.


Brazil and Congo have had diplomatic relations since 1980. A Brazilian construction firm, Andrade Gutierrez, built an important road in Congo some years ago after the two countries established diplomatic relations.


Brazilian exports to Congo have risen over the years, reaching US$ 21.5 million in 2004. Brazil’s main export item to Congo, and to Africa as a whole, is industrialized foodstuff, but the list of exports have been expanding.


On the other hand, Congo has large reserves of petroleum and gas. Mining and lumber is also important. Brazil is interested in developing closer ties with the Congo economy. Last year, at the end of July, a Brazilian business mission was in Brazzaville, the Congo capital.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Goes to the Polls and Gives President Lula Several Victories

Brazilians voting in mayoral and municipal elections have given the president's Workers' party wins ...

In Brazil, Indians Win Land But Can’t Get It

The Xavante Indians were expelled from their land in 1967. In 1998, the demarcation ...

Brazil Cautiously Dances with China While Seeing It as a Rival for Leadership in LatAm

>After the BRICS summit and a visit to Brazil, China’s President Xi Jinping is ...

Powell’s Recipe to Make Brazil Count

How to put Brazil on the economic map? The answer is simple: have something ...

Best-seller Books, Plays and Movies

By Brazzil Magazine Coração Brasileiro (Brazilian Heart)—The story of four friends who keep their ...

Brazil Gets Ready to Run Its Buses on Gas

The first step in a significant change in Brazil’s energy matrix will be taken ...

Brazil Dismantles Vast Smuggling Ring

Brazil’s Federal Revenue and Customs Secretariat and the Federal Police participated Wednesday, May 4, ...

Inmates show in Brazil head of a beheaded prisoner

What Did Brazil Learn from the Carandiru Massacre? Nothing, It Seems.

On July 17, 2005, dust clouds engulfed the former site of São Paulo’s House ...

Alcoa Has Big Plans for Brazil

U.S.-based Aluminum giant Alcoa announced that its Board of Directors has approved investments in ...

LETTERS

Investments into Brazil economy should reach $15 billion this year, almost as much as ...