"After years of euro-centricity and international isolation had obscured Brazil from South African international priorities, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso's visit in late November 1996 placed this Atlantic neighbour squarely on South Africans' conceptual map. Recent exchanges highlighted that potential synergies between the two countries, and their regions in general, must be tapped in an international landscape characterised by the forces and consequences of globalisation and regionalisation. Translating these synergies into sound policy necessitates a clear understanding of the economic and political dimensions of Brazilian-South African relations. To this end this Update seeks to illuminate the emerging trade and investment environments in Brazil and South Africa, as well as political considerations."