Special to the NNPA from the GIN –
(GIN) – In his first visit to Kenya, Brazil’s President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva this week signed six bilateral agreement to boost trade, investments and economic ties with the East African nation, including one that gives Kenyan students a university education in Brazil.
The school in the northeastern state of Ceara will train 5,000 African and 5,000 Brazilian students in various fields.
With the U.S. tied down in a war in Somalia, training troops in Uganda, Congo, Guinea, Senegal and other nations, Brazil, the world’s eighth largest economy, is chasing business deals with the East African Community economic bloc, by partnering with Kenya.
There are more than 125 million people in the five-nation East African economic.
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki’s support for ethanol projects notwithstanding, environmentalists and local residents of Malindi, a historic Swahili settlement on the Malindi bay, are battling it out over a planned multimillion-dollar biodiesel development that will take over some 120,000 hectares of woodland to grow Jatropha Carcus.
Malindi’s county council supports the project, citing “health centers, schools, recreational facilities and employment that would will benefit this area greatly, but environmentalists say it will erode the fragile soil, take up scarce water turning forests into deserts and destroy the livelihoods of locals.
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