Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe sign new Strategic Cooperation Programme

Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe this month signed a new four-year Strategic Cooperation Programme (PEC) worth 43.5 million euros, the Prime Minister of Sao Tome, Patrice Trovoada said recently.

The prime minister, who was speaking during the launch of work to build a #new fish market in Bobo Forro, about three kilometres from the capital, noted the authorities had “some concern” about the delay in signing this new PEC, “as it should have been signed six months ago.”

The previous Indicative Cooperation Programme (PIC), currently known as the Strategic Cooperation Programme (PEC), covered a period of four years (2012-2015) and was signed in Lisbon on 27 November 2013 by then Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Rui Machete and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities of Sao Tome and Principe, Natalia Umbelina.

The next PEC is worth 43.5 million euros and its priority areas of cooperation are good governance, participation and democracy, sustainable development and the fight against poverty.

The next programme will give priority to areas such as health, education, social protection, defense and home affairs, sectors where, according to the Portuguese ambassador in Sao Tome and Principe, Paula Silva, Portugal wants to see an “enhanced, revitalised and deepened relationship with Sao Tome and Principe.” (macauhub/PT/ST)