China finances road repair in São Tomé and Príncipe

Road repair and drainage work have started in São Tomé and Príncipe under the US$146 million in funding opened by China for the West African archipelago, at a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador, Wang Wei and the São Tomé prime minister, Patrice Trovoada.

The work, which will be carried out by Chinese company Top International within 12 months, consists of repairing a set of roads between the capital of São Tomé and the district of Mezochi, over a distance of more than 20 kilometres, including digging drainage ditches.

Trovoada announced in April 2017, following a visit to Beijing, that China had decided to grant a donation of US$146 million to São Tomé and Príncipe and to pardon a debt of US$28 million that the archipelago owed to the Chinese State.

The cooperation programme signed a little over a year ago with China covers economic, scientific, cultural and technical assistance as well as health and agriculture, with specific agreements on infrastructure, energy, increasing income in rural areas and malaria control. (macauhub)