A visiting Brazilian foreign minister this week reiterated his government's 2003 promise to build an AIDS drug manufacturing plant in Mozambique.
At a meeting with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Wednesday, Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, pointed out that the pharmaceutical project would be expected to follow a number of steps, the first of which was a feasibility study.
Amorim was quoted by the South African Press Association as saying: "We already have the financing to carry out feasibility studies for this factory."
Brazil has offered to support the extension of current anti-AIDS treatment programmes by helping to control the quality of drugs, and ensuring that more people have access to them until the factory is constructed.
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