Brazil wants to co-produce biofuel in Kenya

10:58, July 07, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Tuesday in Nairobi that Brazil will help Kenya to produce biodiesel, local media reported.

Brazil, the world's leading ethanol exporter, will transfer biofuel production technology to Kenya because the Latin American country "has years of experience in the field and Kenya has the land and the disposition to produce the clean fuel," Lula said.

Lula also spoke of the plan to build the African-Brazilian University in Brazil.

If the plan is approved by the Brazilian Congress, he said, the university will be set up in Redencao in Brazil's northern state of Ceara and will train thousands of Brazilian and African students.

Lula also sang highly of the increase of the Brazil-Kenya bilateral trade, saying it is time to "to diversify the exports from Kenya to Brazil and stimulate Brazilian investments in Kenya."

In 2009, Brazil-Kenya trade stood at at 91 million reais (51.7 million U.S. dollars), a six-fold increase from 2002.

Lula began his trip to Africa last week. Kenya is the third leg of his six-nation tour which has already taken him to Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea. He is scheduled to leave for Tanzania later Tuesday and will then head for Zambia before ending his tour in South Africa.



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