China donates food aid to São Tomé and Príncipe

China has granted São Tomé and Príncipe food assistance comprising a thousand tons of rice with a market value of nearly US$1 million, China’s ambassador in the island country announced on Monday in São Tomé.

Wang Wei officially delivered the donation to São Tomé’s Minister of Finance, Trade and Economy, Américo Ramos, during a ceremony at the capital city’s port, stating that “the aid results from bilateral cooperation” agreed on after the two countries re-established diplomatic relations.

The ambassador specified that the donation aims to support the “food security” policy launched by the government of São Tomé and Príncipe, and is accompanied by “Chinese technical assistance” provided by personnel aiding cooperation in agriculture.

This is the first rice assistance China has granted to São Tomé and Príncipe since the two countries restored diplomatic ties in December 2016 after the break with Taiwan.

Last April São Tomé and Príncipe signed in Beijing a general cooperation programme covering the areas of economy, science and culture, along with specific agreements in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, energy, tourism, health and technical assistance. (Macauhub)