Bra il to cancel million in African debt
ADDIS ABABA Brazil has said it plans to cancel US 900 million worth of debt in 12 African countries, as part of a broader strategy to boost ties with the continent.
The idea of having Africa as a special relationship for Brazil is strategic for Brazils foreign policy, presidential spokesman Thomas Traumann told reporters on the sidelines of African Union celebrations to mark 50 years of the continental bloc on Saturday.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was in Addis Ababa for the celebrations, her third trip to Africa in three months.
Among the 12 countries whose debts were pardoned, CongoBrazzaville was the highest with a 352 million debt cancelled, with Tanzanias 237 million debt the second largest.
Traumann said the move was part of Brazils efforts to boost economic ties with Africa, home to some of the worlds fastest growing economies. AFP
Tanzania is sending 1,280 troops to join a new UN brigade with a mandate to conduct targeted offensive operations against rebels in eastern DR Congo.
I think we will be able to fix it, the Congo is going to be fixed, he said as he left the meeting.
However, Ban was more hesitant, saying that while progress was being made, promises made