Japan helps Sao Tome and Principe by donating rice

11 November 2016

Japan has granted food aid consisting of 3,000 tons of rice to Sao Tome and Principe, with a market value of 240 million yen (US$1.87 million), the Sao Tome Minister for Foreign Affairs said on Thursday in Sao Tome.

The announcement was made after the signing of the new food aid agreement for 2016 and the document was signed by Minister Urbino Botelho on behalf of Sao Tome and Japan’s ambassador Masaaki Sato, on behalf of the Japanese government.

Stressing that “this food aid will contribute to food security in Sao Tome and Principe,” Botelho also highlighted the importance of the donation “in strengthening democracy and the economic and social development of the archipelago.”

The agreement between the governments of Sao Tome and Principe and Japan states that the funds from the sale would be used for social work, including the construction of rural roads, schools, health centres and water supply in order to improve the living conditions of the population.

Sao Tome and Principe over the last 20 years has benefited from food aid worth over US$22 million from Japan, which also cooperates with Sao Tome in other areas, including fishing, school and health facilities. (macauhub)