Tunisia is one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate, a fact not lost on Brazilian mining firm Vale do Rio Doce, the world’s second largest mining group, which is looking to meet Brazil’s strong demand for imported fertilizers by increasing the amount already exported to the South American giant.  Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Miguel Jorge, announced the company’s intentions this week, underscoring the possibility of transferring technology to Tunisia in the fields of agriculture and food production in general, as well as the generation of up to 20,000 new jobs in the country.  Jorge also noted that Vale is committed to transferring the entire exploration and production technology to the Arab country.  “We, as emerging countries, can no longer accept projects without knowing their content,” he said.  “We must seek a more productive relation between countries. That is what cooperation is about.”

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