Portugal to fund renewal of coastal area in capital of Sao Tome and Principe

2 June 2011

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 2 June – Sao Tome and Principe and Portugal have signed a memorandum of understanding for the renewal of the coastal area of the capital of Sao Tome and Principe, in a project estimated to cost US$7.6 million, the Sao Tome minister for Natural Resources and Public Works, Carlos Vila Nova, told Macauhub Wednesday.

The minister said that the memorandum of understanding was signed Monday in the Sao Tome capital by a representative of the Portuguese government from the Portuguese ministry for the Environment and Land Planning.

Under the terms of the document, Portugal, via the ministry, committed to fund the work by providing Sao Tome and Principe with a loan. The work is due to begin in the second quarter of 2012, Vila Nova said.

Along a more than 3-kilometre stretch of the coast of the city of Sao Tome, the renewal project includes, “big changes in terms of public infrastructure,” including paving, roads, pavements, coastal protection, and reorganisation of traffic flow the minister said.

The project, which involves the board of Portugal’s Parque Expo, also includes the introduction of a system to prevent coastal erosion of the main bay of the city of Sao Tome, amongst other activities to be carried out over the next three years, according to the agreement. (macauhub)