By SIAKA MOMOH, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil strongly holds that the right way to go today, is for developing countries to do business with themselves instead of going for business relationship with the developed world.
For Brazil, dialogue between two developing countries countries is easier and better than that between a developed country and a developing country.
This was the view of Jane Alcanfor de Pinto, who spoke for Andrea Watson, Brazil´s Special Adviser to the Minister of Commerce, Industry Development and International Trade, on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the 2nd Nigeria-Brazil Business Summit currently holding in Rio de Janeiro. The summit is organised by the Nigeria-Brazil Centre for Business, Culture and Cooperation.The centre is being run by Nigeria´s Ondo-State born Michael Olu Akinruli.
Pinto argued, ´´Two developing countries share the same developing dynamics, but non of these exist between unequals.´´
Brazil, according to Pinto, has a huge African heritage – population, culture, etc – enough to promote relationship. ´´Our Ministry of Commerce, Industry Development and International Trade is open for promotion of business relationship between Nigeria and Brazil,´´ she said.
Pinto´s argument is no doubt drawn from the much celebrated South South Cooperation that is no news to the international world. South-South cooperation is a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the South in the political, eocnomic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, subregional or interregional basis.
Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts. Recent developments in South-South cooperation have taken the form of increased volume of South-South trade, South-South flows of foreign direct investment, movements towards regional integration, technology transfers, sharing of solutions and experts, and other forms of exchanges.
In his own remark at the event, the Nigerian Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency, Vincent Okoedion, said some of the constraints that impeded trade and investment between Nigeria and Brazil in the past ´´are now being removed´´. He cited the case of air travel which has become a nightmare of sort because of the absence of direct flights between Nigeria and Brazil.
Said he: ´´Today, the good news is that there are airlines in both Nigeria and brazil ready to commence air services on the Nigeria-Brazil air route.´´ The two airlines in question are Arik Air of Nigeria and GOL Airlines.
The event gave business persons drawn from across Nigeria to network and strike deals, largely in the the area of non-oil products and services. Agribusiness featured prominently in discussions that took place