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Lula da Silva should boost credit lines for agribusiness in Angola, say businessmen

Brazilian businessmen said this Tuesday that Lula da Silva's visit to Angola, scheduled for August, should relaunch bilateral relations between Luanda and Brasília and ask for credit lines to be opened, especially for agribusiness.

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Speaking to Lusa at the 38th edition of the Luanda International Fair (Filda), which began this Tuesday, the head of the Trade and Investment Promotion sector at the Brazilian embassy in Angola, Eduardo Lessa, noted that the visit by the Brazilian head of state continues to be prepared through diplomatic channels.

The Brazilian diplomat recalled that President Lula da Silva has already publicly expressed his desire to visit Angola and that negotiations are currently taking place with the Angolan authorities on the timing of this "long-awaited visit".

Brazil and Angola "have had strategic cooperation since 2010, in addition to being the first country to recognize Angola's independence", he recalled.

"The ties are centenary and the arrival of President Lula is seen with great expectations here, precisely to relaunch relations between the two countries", said Eduardo Lessa.

Brazil is present at Filda 2023 with companies from various sectors of activity, an event that the head of the Brazilian embassy in Angola sees as a central element for the cultural promotion of any country.

"After the election of President Lula, Africa has once again become a priority for Brazilian foreign policy and being present at Filda is important not only from an economic point of view, but also from a political point of view", he observed.

He also said that Brazil looks "with great expectation" to the Angolan economy, especially in the field of agriculture.

Investing in agriculture in Angola is what Brazilian Clemes Alves Fernandes, director of Afroplant, a company specializing in landscaping, fruit growing, nurseries and the production of fruit trees, also present at Filda, does.

"Our great expectation, from this event, is that as Angola is an agricultural country and Afroplant is a company that brings good genetics, good plants, it can improve the life of the rural producer", he stressed.

Operating in the Angolan market for 15 years and supplying plants in the country's 18 provinces, the Brazilian businessman claims that the Angolan market is "super favorable" for agribusiness, due to the abilities of its soils, water and climate.

Regarding Afroplant's turnover, Clemes Alves Fernandes said that the current crisis contributed to the reduction of turnover, which he did not specify, considering, however, that the moment "is not to be discouraged".

"It is with the crisis that one grows and we are betting that we will turn it around and agribusiness will survive this storm", he believes.

Regarding the visit of the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Angola, this businessman said that expectations were high, above all because his country "always sets the rules in the world in terms of production technology".

"Obviously, we, in agribusiness, believe in credit lines and that we can also benefit from this, that credit lines are opened so that Angolan companies and agribusiness can benefit from Brazilian lines", he concluded.

The 38th edition of FILDA, inaugurated this Tuesday by the President, João Lourenço, takes place in the Special Economic Zone (ZEE) Luanda-Bengo, until Saturday.


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