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Portugal & Brazil: Tapping into Lusophone Africa’s potential

By Maria Mussolovela, in Luanda
Posted on Monday, 22 March 2021 18:59, updated on Thursday, 25 March 2021 09:55

Angola's President Joao Lourenco arrives to give a speech at the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Portugal 22 November 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

After a series of scandals, and with other countries upping their games in Africa, both Portugal and Brazil have the chance to refocus their ties with partners on the continent.

When Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola’s former president José Edouardo dos Santos, was in charge of the state oil company Sonangol, Agostinho Pereira de Miranda, CEO of Portugal’s top law firm in the oil and gas sector, refused to do business with her. In 2015, more than 20 of Miranda’s top lawyers decided they wanted in on the Sonangol deals, so they defected a kilometer across central Lisbon to rival firm Vieria de Almeida.

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