A week after the publishing of the report “The Future of Brazil-Africa Relations: Analysis of the Proposals of the Candidates for the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil” by the Brazil Africa Institute, some international leaders have taken the chance to react on the possible weakening of the relations between Brazil and the African continent.
The report shows that only five of the thirteen presidential candidates mention Africa in their government plans. They are: Ciro Gomes (PDT), Fernando Haddad (PT), Guilherme Boulos (Psol), João Goulart Filho (PPL) and Marina Silva (Rede). However, in general, there is no development of concrete proposals.
“The report of the Brazil Africa Institute is extremely important due to the precision in describing the current political-electoral in Brazil. This kind of analysis like the one IBRAF presents allows strengthening of the relations, in every segments, of Brazil with all the countries in Africa and also an important deepening on the Brazilian South-South Cooperation”, says Daniel Balaban, Director of the Centre of Excellence Against Hunger of the World Food Programme (WFP)
“This essentially reflects a long and established historical pattern where I think Brazil and Africa have not really solidified many of the potential that exist for both continents to develop closer relations. In terms of closer political partnerships that translate into something that allows Brazil in partnership with its African peers to influence global agendas, I think this has been grossly under explored. So in that sense the observation that the Africa agenda is being absent in the Presidential manifesto in the upcoming Brazilian elections does not surprise. I think it reinforces the well established historical pattern that has been in place for a quite few decades now”, says Ola Bello, Executive Director of the Good Governance Africa.
“FARA has been partnering with Brazilian institutions for a number of years over the last decades. We have developed a lot of initiatives together, using the South-South collaborative frame work strengthening agricultural development in the African continent. We have been following the recent political evolution in Brazil. Our hope is that in the coming years Africa and Brazil will be able to explore the mutual benefits that can come out from the agricultural potential of these two people”, says Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).