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Nigeria, Brazil Explore Development Possibilities

Posted: Mar 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The visiting President of the Institute of Brazil-Africa, Prof. Bosco Monte, on Tuesday advised Nigeria to look critically at the possibilities derivable from her partnership with the Brazilian government.

Monte told the Media at the Brazilian Consulate-General in Lagos, that Nigeria and Brazil no longer needed cooperation, but partnerships in possibilities that Brazil could offer Nigeria.

The Institute’s president said he was in Nigeria to invite Nigerian authorities’ to the 4th Brazil-Africa Forum with the theme “Strategies for Development in Brazil and Africa”.

According to him, if Nigeria stays isolated from Brazil, Brazil would not know of the various opportunities that abound in Africa.

“Nigeria and Brazil no longer need cooperation, but long-term partnerships. So it is about time that we replace cooperation with partnerships. Partnership between us will make our relations work.

“The Nigerian government needs to have contacts with the Brazilian government to see what possibilities the Brazilian government can offer Nigeria.

“I am very confident that Nigeria and Brazil have so much to do together in areas of agriculture, technology, research and business relations, in the years ahead,’’ he said.

The president, who maintained that his country had a lot of possibilities for Nigeria, however, urged Nigeria to present her areas of needs to the Brazilian government.

He said that he was currently traveling to various African countries to discuss Brazil’s opportunities with them, as well as the need for them to partner with Brazil.

Monte said that the 4th Brazil-Africa Forum, scheduled to hold in Brazil, was meant to enhance dialogue between leaders from Africa and Brazil, with a view to developing their agricultural potential.

He said that the forum would be attended by Ministers, Diplomats, Government officials, businessmen and researchers from African countries and Brazil.

Brazil, the largest sovereign state in Latin America, is the world’s fifth-largest country by both geographical area and total population.

It is a regional power in Latin America, a founding member of the United Nations and it has been identified as an emerging global power.

Brazil is also one of the world’s major breadbaskets and the world’s largest producer of coffee.