Friday, July 2, 2010

Brazilian President to Visit Equatorial Guinea

President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will visit Equatorial Guinea on Monday, July 5 as part of an African tour that will take place between July 4 to 12, including official visits to Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. The Brazilian President will be accompanied by a delegation of Brazilian businessmen.

Trade between the two countries has increased significantly in recent years. In June 2009, Brazil's Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Miguel Jorge, also visited Equatorial Guinea accompanied by a large delegation of businessmen from his country. So far this year, Equatorial Guinea has signed several contracts with Brazilian companies across various sectors, including infrastructure and construction projects, education and sports.

Diplomatic relations between Equatorial Guinea and Brazil were established in 1974. The opening of the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Brasilia in 2005 and the Embassy of Brazil in Malabo in 2006 have significantly contributed to a stronger and more open cooperation between the two countries.

Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, traveled to Brazil in 2005 to conduct an official visit, during which bilateral relations and diplomatic relations were expanded.

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also visited the Brazilian state in February 2008, an occasion on which he met with President Lula da Silva. Prior to this visit, President Obiang also participated in the Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora held in the city of Salvador de Bahia in 2006.