The Centre for Brazilian Studies (Centro de Estudos Brasileiros, CEB) in Maputo has a Mozambican director for the first time in a move designed to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in the spirit of the community of Portuguese-speaking countries, according to a statement from the Brazilian embassy. Former CEB directors have all come from Brazil.

The new director is writer and journalist Calane da Silva, a founding member of the National Organisation of Journalists and of the Mozambican Writers Association, for which he served as general secretary in 1987. Born in Maputo in 1945, he has worked for the newspaper Notcias, the magazine Tempo and Mozambican television. The CEB organises cultural and academic events in Mozambique as well as running a programme enabling Mozambican students to pursue graduate or post-graduate studies in Brazil. This year 13 undergraduates and 15 post graduates are taking courses in the South American country.

The CEB is located in Avenida 25 de Setembro 1728 (Baixa), tel.

+258 (1) 306840/774, e-mail: