- Over the last decade, Brazil has expanded its engagement with Africa, doubling its diplomatic presence from 17 to 37 embassies.
- New economic partnerships have been forged, raising trade with Africa in the same period from US$4.2 billion to US$27.6 billion.
- Oil and other natural resources account for 90% of Brazil’s imports from the continent and Brazilian investment is focused mainly on Lusophone Africa.
- Brazilian policy-makers see Africa's biggest potential as providing a consumer market for their country's manufactured goods.
- Brazil also uses its Africa policy as a means to achieve its foreign policy goal of being recognized as a major power.
- South–South cooperation is a key driver of Brazil's Africa policy as it is seeking support for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
- Brazil advocates South–South cooperation projects that are based on its own development experience. Biomedical and health research and agricultural research have been turned into effective foreign policy instruments.