Sao Tome and Principe: Taiwan funds information technology center

23 January 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 23 Jan – Taiwan has funded the creation of an information technology (IT) center in Sao tome and Principe in order to drive the computerization of the public administration services on the West African archipelago, the Taiwanese deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Yang Tzu-Pao said Tuesday in Sao Tome.

The first center of its kind set up in the capital of Sao Tome, with more than ten computers linked to the Internet, was opened Tuesday by the Sao Tome Minister for Territorial Administration, Armindo Aguiar and by Yang, who has been in Sao Tome for five days on an official visit.

Speaking to the press, without revealing the amount of funding, the Taiwanese deputy minister said that it had been “financial and technical support” from Taiwan as part of a project put forward by Sao Tome to re-launch the use of computers in public facilities, within the scope of a program known as “Electronic Government” of Sao Tome and Principe.

The Taiwanese authorities have already provided this project with two IT specialists to provide assistance in an initial stage to train Sao Tome staff, Yang said, noting that “Taiwan wants to transform Sao Tome and Principe into a beautiful island in Africa,” in contact with the world.

Aguiar said that the aim of the center was to improve the participation of the Sao Tome population in public affairs.

Since diplomatic relations were established in May 1997, it is estimated that Taiwan has already invested over US$100 million in the Sao Tome and Principe archipelago, in the areas of health, agriculture, education, and other sectors. (macauhub)