Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa are re-establishing a robust engagement, after over 200 years.
The two regions are natural partners with strong historic and cultural links and similar geological and climatic conditions. Because of these shared conditions, Brazilian technology is easily adapted to Africa.
Brazil has emerged as one of the world’s strongest economies and is playing an important role in redefining “the global south” in the changing world architecture.
Africa is rapidly changing and Brazil has expressed growing interest in supporting and taking part in its development.
Brazil’s economic growth, its success in narrowing social inequality and its development experience offer lessons for African countries.
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have requested cooperation from Brazil in five key areas: tropical agriculture, tropical medicine, vocational training, energy and social protection.
Brazil’s trade with Sub-Saharan Africa increased between 2000 and 2010 from U$2 billion to U$12 billion; with expectations of continuous growth in the coming years. There are some obstacles that are being addressed like ease of transport (air and maritime) and telecommunications.
South-South partnering will play a major role in global knowledge, trade and investments in the coming years.
The World Bank can play a key role in supporting ongoing partnerships between Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil and South-south relations as a whole.