Japan offers food aid of 3.4 million euros to Sao Tome

18 September 2009

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 18 Sept – The Japanese government has donated food aid of 4,000 tonnes of rice worth an estimated 3.4 million euros to Sao Tome and Principe, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported Wednesday citing a source from Sao Tome’s trade ministry.

“It is 4,000 tonnes of rice in 210 container that are expected to be unloaded at the end of November,” said trade director, Carlos Bonfim.

The first lot of food aid was delivered to the Sao Tome government by the Japanese ambassador to the archipelago, based in Libreville, Hirose Shinichi.

The Japanese diplomat said that this aid followed the return, in 2007, of Japanese food aid to Sao Tome and Principe in 2007, after the Japanese authorities had decided to suspend donation due to poor management of funds resulting from the sale of the rice.

Since the re-launch of Japanese food aid two years ago the funds resulting from the sale of rice have been managed by the United Nations Development Fund.

The agreement established between the Sao Tome and Japanese governments is that the fund resulting from the sale of the rice should be used for social work, namely construction of rural roads, schools, health centres and water supply with a view to improving the living conditions of the population.

Since 1975 Japan, together with other international partners, has supported Sao Tome in its fight against poverty and economic and social development. (macauhub)