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Brazil ready for diverse cooperation areas
By Hlengiwe Ndlovu - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-11-Sep-2009
BRAZIL’s new ambassador to Swaziland, Antonio De Souza E Silva has said there are several areas in which his country and Swaziland can cooperate to pursue the development agenda.
Presenting his letters of credence to His Majesty King Mswati III at Lozitha Palace yesterday, Ambassador Silva said Swaziland and Brazil may cooperate in the fields of agriculture and health, adding that the Brazilian experience in fighting the HIV and AIDS epidemic has been praised worldwide “and we are ready to share it with Swaziland”.
Regarding agriculture, he said there was also a good potential for cooperation, particularly in the area of sugar and ethanol. “When this mission was entrusted to me, I tried to apprehend the ground of our relations to assess the areas of common interests and to figure out what it should take to make them more meaningful and beneficial to both countries.”
In this regard, Silva said Swaziland and Brazil should not look at the trade statistic for the expression of the strength of the two country’s relations, because this does not mean that business opportunities are not there.
He mentioned that examples of potential cooperation were; the current negotiations between Mercosur and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) to create a free trade area which will include both countries and the interest of the Brazilian mining giant, Vale, to invest in an anthracite deposit in the country. Ambassador Silva will be resident in Maputo, but he has assured that he intends to fulfill his duties as representative of the Brazilian government to Swaziland with the best of his ability.
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