Held on November 23 and 24 in São Paulo, the 5th Brazil Africa Forum gathered around 200 people from 48 countries who discussed issues related to the development of Brazil and African countries. With the central theme “Trends in Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development”, the first day of the event was dedicated to the role of innovation, agriculture and health. Already on the second day brought sessions with themes focused on education, infrastructure and financial services.
The president of IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations), Gilbert F. Houngbo, discussed during the opening ceremony. During his speech, he highlighted the importance of innovation to reduce poverty in the countryside. Afreximbank and Standard Bank, two of the largest banking institutions operating in Africa attend a session of the 5th Africa Africa Forum about financial services. The dialogue on agricultural technological innovation was attended by representatives of the African Development Bank (AfDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
The 5th Brazil Africa Forum also promoted important meetings. One of them was the meeting between the ministers of Science and Technology of Brazil and Uganda, and the president of the Brazil Africa Institute, João Bosco Monte. Gilberto Kassab and Elioda Tumwesigye discussed possible common agendas and bilateral agreements between the two countries. Both were speakers of the event. On the occasion, Gilbert Kassab announced that Brazil will integrate the International Center for Research in the Atlantic (AIR Center), an initiative led by Portugal to conduct research on climate change, energy systems, space and data science in the Atlantic Ocean. Elioda Tumwesigye has participated in a dialogue about the role of innovation for development alongside the governor of Edo State Republic of Nigeria, Godwin Obaseki.
Education and health also featured at the 5th Brazil Africa Forum. The Brazilian researcher Cybele Philopimin spoke to Africans about the treatment of human burns using tilapia skin. The session about health also included dialogues promoted by Nísia Trindade Lima, president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Abimbola Adegboye, Deputy Director and Technical Assistant National at Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac of Nigeria). The dialogue about education was promoted by Miguel Stief, CEO of Positivo BGH, Frank Aswani, Vice President and Director of Strategic Relations at African Leadership Academy and Sarah Anyang , Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology African Union.
The last session of the event was dedicated to the infrastructure and brought together Guilherme Montoro (BNDES), Jerson Kelman (Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo – SABESP) and Rafael Pistono (CEO of Angola Cables in Brazil). At the closing ceremony, the president of the Brazil Africa Institute, João Bosco Monte, announced that the next Brazil Africa Forum will be in Salvador and will have as its theme the empowerment of youth.