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Thu, 28 Jun 2007 15:25

Ambassador to Brazil Presents Credentials

Brasília

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Brasília, 06/28 – The Angolan Ambassador to Brazil, Leovigildo da Costa e Silva Wednesday in Brasilia presented his credentials to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Leovigildo da Costa e Silva becomes the fifth Angolan ambassador to Brasil, after Francisco Romão (1987-1993), Alfredo Salvaterra (1994-1995), Osvaldo Serra Van-Dúnen (1995-2000) and Alberto Correia Neto (2000-2006).

Angola and Brazil keep close ties on economic, technical scientific and cultural cooperation, founded on General Cooperation Agreement signed by the two countries in 1980.

This cooperation has been progressing after three decades. According to available data the 2005/06 period has recorded an increase of 150 percent. Last year trade exchange reached over USD one billion, whereas in 2005 it was at USD 500 million.

Brazil has some building companies engaged in the rehabilitation of infrastructures in Angola. It (Brazil) officially houses 1,700 Angolan refugees, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This is the second diplomatic mission held by the Angolan Ambassador, after a long career that started in 1970s.

He held the first position in Sweden, for almost five years, including another to the Scandinavian countries.