Sao Tome and Principe: Portugal announces more funds to boost cooperation in education and health

18 December 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 18 Dec – Portugal plans to provide a further 4 million euros in aid for cooperation in the areas of Sao tome Education and Health, as well as the Indicative Cooperation Programme (PIC), the Portuguese secretary of state for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said Wednesday.

João Gomes Cravinho, who is on an official visit to Sao Tome until Friday said that in the Education sector and at the request of the Sao Tome government, Lisbon would move ahead with a new 2 million-euro project over the next four years.

According to Gomes Cravinho, this new project would deal with some of the most structural problems in Education in Sao Tome and Principe, particularly in terms of teacher training, working conditions in schools and access by students to the job market.

In terms of Health, cooperation between the two countries will be boosted when Portugal sends specialised medical missions to the capital of Sao Tome, as part of the “Health for All,” project.

Laos in the Health sector, the secretary of state announced, “a substantial boost,” of some 1.5 to 2 million euros for the next two years. (macauhub)