Japan donates US$2.7 million in food aid to Sao Tome and Principe

18 January 2010

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 18 Jan – Japan has donated US$2.7 million to Sao Tome and Principe in food aid, a government source said Friday in Sao Tome.

This is the third consecutive batch of food aid to the archipelago, after a “long suspension” of Japanese aid due to improper use of the funds resulting from the sale of the rice, which led to two officials from the Office of Aid Management (GGA) being sent down for corruption.

On Thursday the Japanese ambassador to Sao Tome, resident in Libreville (Gabon), Motoi Kato, signed an agreement for the Japanese donation, with Sao Tome’s Foreign Affairs Minsiterm Carlos Tiny.

In 1999, the two countries signed an economic cooperation agreement to be implemented in the form of non-reimbursable food aid that the Japanese government would provide to the Sao Tome government. (macauhub)