Africa-Brazil Economic Relations

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Wong Kwun Wai 3035183069 Africa-Brazil economic relations 1. Abstract: The essay investigates Africa-Brazil economic relation. Africa is rapidly changing and Brazil has expressed growing interest in supporting and taking part in its development. 2. Introduction: Economic globalization has been associated with the hegemony of Western economic powers. However, the twenty-first century announced the emergence of new economic powers which can compete with traditional Western powers and Brazil has emerged as one of the world’s strongest economies. Brazil is also regarded as one of the countries of BRIC which refers to a select group of four developing countries including Brazil, Russia, India and China. Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the…show more content…
Almost 90 million of its 198 million population can claim African ancestry. It is believed that Africa-Brazil relations are not only based on historical and cultural affinity and they are achieved by diplomatic efforts between two countries. During his tenure, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visited Africa more than 20 times and his ambition for strengthening economic relations with Africa was supported by his foreign minister, Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim. The relations between Brazil and Africa then intensified during Lula’s two terms from 2003 to 2010. He established 19 new embassies across Africa and Brazil has then expanded its engagement with Africa rapidly, doubling its diplomatic presence from 17 to 37 embassies in 54 African countries over the last decade. Among non-African countries, Brazil has the fifth largest number of embassies in Africa after the US (49), China (48), France (46), and Russia (38) which could help build long-term relationships with African countries. The above indicates that the intensification of economic ties over the past decade was driven by government initiatives during the Lula…show more content…
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