Brazil’s new President, Dilma Rousseff, does not have the enthusiasm for Africa of her predecessor, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, but the ties will remain
President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, who worked closely with successive South African Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma on diplomatic issues, also presided over a sharp boost in Brazil’s trade with and investment in Africa. As his second term in office neared its end, in late November Lula visited Maputo, Mozambique, to endow an anti-retroviral drugs factory, the first of its kind in Africa, with US$21 million. He also launched the Open University of Brazil, a joint Mozambican-Brazilian-staffed institution teaching public administration, education, maths and biology to a potential 7,000 students over the next four years.
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