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Q: During a visit last week to Africa, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff discussed partnerships including Brazilian mining giant Vale's investments to mine coal in Mozambique. On the trip, Rousseff also discussed strengthening economic ties with officials in Angola and South Africa. What were the highlights of her trip? What do Brazilian companies have to gain through cooperation with African countries and vice versa? What challenges do they face? How important are Brazil-Africa commercial ties and will they continue to increase? Which sectors are especially ripe for collaboration?

A: Rubens Barbosa, former ambassador of Brazil to the United States: "Brazil has a...

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