Africa: Height of the sky
As economies boom on both sides of the south Atlantic, the potential for trade and investment between Latin America and Africa has scarcely been so great
By Thierry Ogier
The gap over the south Atlantic is being bridged –
"slowly, but surely," says Mthuli Ncube, chief economist of the
African Development Bank (AfDB). On one side is
Africa’s fast growing economies and emerging
middle class: every year in the past decade, 12 million people
have enjoyed an increase in purchasing power while today a
third of the continent’s billion people are
considered middle class, according to the AfDB. On the other
side is Latin America, where Brazil stands out for its global
aspirations, its trade diversification and its investment
strategy. The World Bank now even talks of a "new Africa"
coinciding with a "global Brazil". Few Latin American countries
aside from Brazil have yet tapped opportunities in Africa. But
as economies boom on both sides of the Atlantic, the potential
for trade and investment between the two regions has scarcely
been so great. Brazil’s development bank...
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