By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Six of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's overseas trips in 2013 have already been announced and appear to show greater attention to Africa and the BRICS group of emerging nations. As with the fifteen countries she visited in 2012, there will be a clear focus on economics with potential import-export deals invariably topping her 2013 agenda.
Nearly half of President Rousseff’s trips were made to Latin American countries in 2012. She oversaw the Mercosur economic bloc as it gained two members - Venezuela and Bolivia - and also