Portugal and Sao Tome sign new cooperation deal

28 November 2013

Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe Wednesday in Lisbon signed a new Indicative Cooperation Programme (PIC), worth 43.5 million euros, for the 2012 to 2015 period, the Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs said.

The new PIC – which is worth 1.5 million euros less than the previous one for 2008-2011 – includes “two new areas for intervention,” science and technology training and business development for the “fundamental contribution” they may provide to the fight against poverty and working towards sustainable development.

According to the statement, the new PIC “will also continue with the main plans of previous programmes, particularly in the areas of health, education and boosting institutional skills.”

The Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry noted the Escola + (School +) project, which “promotes teaching in the Portuguese language by boosting secondary education in Sao Tome and Principe,” and the Saúde para Todos (Health for All) project, “focused on consolidating the national health system,” in Sao Tome. (macauhub)