Brasília keen to strengthen anti-piracy cooperation in Gulf of Guinea
In the closing days of Bolsonaro's current term, his executive intends to use the upcoming meeting of security directors of Portuguese-speaking countries to focus on piracy.
The Brazilian Cooperation Agency has mostly been active in Latin America and the Caribbean. Now it's working to beef up its technical support for Portuguese-speaking African countries at a time when former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is making a promising bid to get back into office.
The new Brazilian ambassador to Namibia, Vivian Loss Sanmartin, brings with her a roadmap focusing on maritime, agricultural and industrial cooperation to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
The Brazilian ambassador to Namibia, who had been in his post for two and a half years, was recently recalled to Brasilia. Promoted by presidential decree, he is expected to become part of the foreign minister's entourage as the minister seeks to renew the country's African strategy.
Once the financial arm of President Lula da Silva's policy of strengthening ties with Portuguese-speaking Africa, Brazilian development bank BNDES suddenly withdrew from the continent four years ago in the wake of the Lava Jato anti-corruption investigation.
Portuguese diplomats have been mediating since the summer between the Brazilian president and his Angolan opposite number, who have clashed over the treatment reserved for a Brazilian evangelist group in Angola. This vexed issue is continuing to divide the community of Portuguese-speaking states.
Hassan Beklhayat's strategic consulting firm has no lobbying experience but has been hired to help Rabat convince Africa CDC to move its headquarters to Morocco. The firm may receive a hand from its partner, Lionel Zinzou and Donald Kaberuka's Southbridge Group.