Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has launched the Brazil Africa Institute in Accra, with the call on leaderships of Ghana and Brazil to foster relations that will be mutually beneficial.
He said both Ghana and Brazil has a lot to learn from each other and the launch of the institute will serve as the bridge on which they will move on to cement their relations.
Ghana is the first country that the Institute is establishing its office in Africa since its establishment in Brazil years ago.
The Brazil Africa Institute is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote the engagement between Brazil and the African continent, championing economic development for governments and private sector’s interests.
Its main objective is to facilitate an open debate between government agents, academics and entrepreneurs on issues of interests to Brazil and Africa and design proposals for the formulation of cooperation policy between Brazil and Africa.
It will also draw up a strategic plan for the potential opportunities for Brazilian companies with the African continent and vice versa in different areas and facilitate socio, political and cultural rapprochement between Brazil and the African continent, focusing its actions on economic and social development and promotion, combating poverty, valuing ethics, peace, citizenship, respect for human rights, democracy and other universal values.
Its Vision is to be identified as an institution that seeks the materialisation of opportunities between Brazil and Africa through initiatives of sustainable development.
“It was not surprising that both of us got nominated for the World Food Prize.”
The President of the Institute, Professor Joao Bosco Monte, said Ghana was selected as the first grounds for the establishment of the Institute because of so many enabling factors adding that: “I see Ghana as the gateway to Africa and that is why we did not hesitate to establish our office here.”
He said on November 22 and 23, the Institute will organise a forum with African countries in Salvador that will highlight on Agriculture, Health, Education, Public Service, Tourism, ICT among other areas.
Professor Monte holds a PhD in Education from the Federal University of Ceará and Postdoctoral studies from the University of Brasilia (UNB), with the object of research on the integration of the African continent.
He is a visiting professor from Brazilian and African universities and is the author of books and publications about the relations between various international actors.
Present at the event were: the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Ghana’s Ambassador to Brazil, Abena Busia, Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, Maria Elisa de Luna.