Nigeria First (Abuja)

Nigeria: Brazilian President to Lead Trade and Economic Mission to Nigeria-Presidency

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil has accepted an invitation from President Goodluck Jonathan to visit Nigeria before the end of the year in furtherance of efforts to boost economic and trade relations between both countries.

According to a release signed by Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) Reuben Abati in Abuja on Thursday, June 21 President Jonathan extended the invitation at a bilateral meeting with the Brazilian President on Wednesday, June 20 during the ongoing United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

The President noted that greater economic and developmental cooperation would be in the mutual interest of Nigeria and Brazil adding that Nigeria will welcome increased Brazilian support and cooperation for the development of mechanized agriculture, power generation and other sectors in which Brazilians are globally acknowledged experts.

He also called for the revitalization of the Africa-South American Cooperation Forum which was jointly initiated by Nigeria's former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the former President of Brazil, Mr. Lula Da Silva as a platform for the promotion of economic and political cooperation between the two countries and continents.

Accepting President Jonathan's invitation to visit Nigeria, President Rousseff said that she will come with Brazilian investors and businessmen with expertise in many fields to give them an opportunity to meet their Nigerian counterparts with a view to establishing profitable joint ventures.

She assured President Jonathan that Brazil, currently the world's sixth largest economy, would be glad to deploy the skills and expertise which its people have acquired in many fields, including engineering, construction, technology, public infrastructure, hydro-power generation and large scale mechanised agriculture for economic growth and development in Nigeria.

Her state visit to Nigeria was tentatively scheduled for November.

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