Sao Tome and Principe: Government opens data processing centre set up by Brazilians

13 May 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 13 May – Sao Tome and Principe this weekend opened its first Government data processing system, a project focused on information Exchange using a network between the government’s various ministries and departments.

The service created and set up from scratch by the Brazilian technicians is the result of cooperation in the technology sector between Sao Tome and Brazil, The latter having sponsored the initiative.

Celso Amorim, Brazilian Foreign Relations minister, who visited the archipelago over the weekend, said that electronic governance “will contribute to the transparency and efficiency of the government.”

In his turn, Sao Tome’s prime minister, Patrice Trovoada, said he believed that the “system will provide affirmation of governance,” in the country and will be one of the strategic axes “for Sao Tome and Principe to to affirm itself in a developed world.”

The Government plans to put forward a proposal of law to Parliament with a view to setting up norms to regulate the service, as well as drawing up a strategic plan for the information society on the islands, the main aim of which will be to make Public Administration processes less bureaucratic. (macauhub)