South Africa and Brazil have reaffirmed their strategic partnership which spans country to country co-operation.
This emerged during a meeting between International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoane Mashabane, and her Brazilian counterpart, the newly appointed Minister of External Relations, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira.
Minister Ferreira, on his first visit to the African continent, is accompanied by a high level business delegation that is meeting with their South African counterparts.
South Africa is Brazil’s main trading partner on the continent.
During their meeting, the ministers discussed among others the need to strengthen and expand the levels of trade and investment.
Bilateral relations between the countries have recently increased, as a result of Brazil’s new South-South foreign policy aimed to strengthen integration between the major powers of the developing world.
Exports to Brazil include coal, precious metals, plastics, aluminum and car engines.
Brazil imports include vehicles, meat, sweets and confectioneries as well as machinery and ore.
The two countries realise the importance of influencing the global agenda in the 21st century in a manner that reflects the aspirations of developing countries.
Meanwhile, South Africa is preparing itself to host the BRICS summit next year.