Sao Tome and Principe: Gabon interested in trade and tourism cooperation

28 March 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 28 March – Sao Tome and Principe and Gabon are analysing the possibility of cooperation in the economic sector, particularly in the areas of trade and tourism, the Gabonese Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Laure Olga Gondjout, said Wednesday in Sao Tome.

The Gabonese minister made the announcement at the end of an official 24-hour visit to the capital of Sao Tome, during which she met with the president of Sao Tome and Principe, Fradique de Menezes and prime minister, Patrice Trovoada.

As well as the interest shown in private Gabonese investment in Sao Tome, Gondjout also spoke of her country’s wish to take part in tourist activities on the archipelago, which is some 300 kilometres from Gabon.

In the area of trade, she said that a group of Gabon businesspeople were due to travel to the capital of Sao Tome and Principe within the next few week to make initial contact, and meetings have also been scheduled between tourist agents and officials from both countries.

The visit by the Gabonese minister is part of a Sao Tome government initiative to vitalise and boost economic cooperation with several countries in the West African coastal region, namely Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Libya, located in north Africa. (macauhub)