Brazil spreads industrial influence to Africa

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Brazil, one of South America’s expanding economies, is pla nning to spread its growing industrial influence across Africa with projects ran g ing from industrial plants which will produce ethanol, motor-vehicle assembly pl a nts (in Mozambique) and a drug-manufacturing plant in Africa.
Brazilian President Lula Da Silva, the chief guest at this year’s Summit of the African Union (AU), said his country was ready to engage with African leaders in projects aimed at boosting Africa’s food production and was already in the proce s s of implementing its own versions of the “Brazilian green revolution” in West A f rica, including Ghana, which has benefited.
“Brazil is committed to helping Africa to promote a green revolution.
We have in Ghana a similar project aimed at creating Africa’s Savannah such as the ones th a t we have created in Brazil,” the Brazilian President told the leaders.
Brazil is investing in ethanol production plants in West Africa and parts of nor th Africa in an effort to expand Africa’s own industrialization dreams.
The South American state is currently undertaking pilot projects in Burkina Faso , Mali and Chad.
Brazil is working towards the signing of some specific agreements with African c ountries for the implementation of projects aimed at improving Africa’s agricult u re, health and environment.
President Da Silva said Brazil would invest in Africa’s sugar sector and had ide ntified some countries, including Mozambique, where it planned to invest in a mo t or vehicle assembly plant.
He said plans were underway to install a pilot ethanol plant to harness energy i n Africa and increase alcohol production within the continent.
"These projects have been identified in Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad," he said, a dding “We will extend this initiative to all African countries after signing agr e ements on some of these issues.
” African leaders gathered in the Libyan city of Sirte, 600 kilometres outside the capital, Tripoli, are set to begin debate on agriculture and its effects on Afr i ca’s economic revolution.
President Da Silva said Brazil, like several African countries, still faced chal lenges related to poverty and food insecurity and was ready to exchange views wi t h African leaders on how to conquer some of the challenges.
Brazil is also building an industrial plant in Mozambique, where it plans to beg in the large-scale production of life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs, used to p rolong the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS.

01 july 2009 14:14:00




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