China will support the government of Sao Tome and Principe to allow the West African archipelago to have a sustainable economy through Chinese investment in tourism, agriculture, infrastructure, industry, human resources and security, a representative of the Chinese government said a few days ago in Sao Tome.
Lin Songtian, the Director General of the Department of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was received by the Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Patrice Trovoada, with whom he discussed issues concerning the future areas of the framework cooperation programme to be signed soon by the two countries.
“We will support Sao Tome and Principe in the development of tourism, agriculture, maritime industry, building infrastructure, human capital and security,” said the representative of China, who expressed China’s willingness to make the archipelago have, “independent economic development without dependence on foreign aid.”
Quoted by news agency STP-Press, Lin highlighted the geostrategic position of Sao Tome and Principe and said that the cooperation programme to be signed will cover a period of three to five years, during which China will provide technical and financial support to the archipelago.
“Our goal is to support the government of Sao Tome and Principe to create jobs, increase state tax revenues and eliminate poverty,” said the Chinese official.
Sao Tome and Principe and the Republic of China re-established diplomatic relations in December 2016 after the archipelago cut its diplomatic ties to Taiwan. (macauhub)