8 August 2016
The government of São Tomé and Príncipe will this month launch an international tender to adapt the country’s ATMs to the international system so they can handle Visa cards, among others, the head of the central bank announced. Maria do Carmo Silveira, governor of the Central Bank of São Tomé and Príncipe, told Lusa news agency that the country’s situation was complex, because it wants to attract tourists but does not have a banking system that permits international bank cards.
26 July 2016
Sao Tome and Principe travel agency JBC Travel and Tours on 30 August is due to start flights between São Tomé and Lisbon, Portugal, via Johannesburg, South Africa, the company's managing director, Bilssen Coelho said on Monday. The flights, which will be offered three times a week, Coelho said, will use an Airbus aircraft with a capacity of up to 150 passengers.
7 July 2016
17 June 2016
Airlines from Angola, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe are still banned from flying in European Union (EU) air space, according to the black list published Thursday by the European Commission. In Angola's case the only exception is flagship airline TAAG, which is permitted to fly in the whole of the EU air space, subject to restrictions on the types of aircraft it uses.
15 June 2016
French company Malongo Mane plans to invest over US$10 million on coffee plantations on the island of Sao Tome, as part of a contract due to be signed Wednesday in the capital of Sao Tome and Principe by the company and the Sao Tome government, announced the Minister for Agriculture, Teodorico de Campos.
14 June 2016
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."
6 June 2016
The capital of Sao Tome and Principe next September will host the forum of exporters of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), the president of the CPLP Exporters Union, Mario Costa said recently in Sao Tome. "We set the forum as the kick-off to bring investors and potential partners here, but do not want to be alone on major projects, we also want to help small and medium enterprises," said Costa at the end of meeting with Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada .
5 May 2016
Trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries contracted by 23.03 percent year on year in the first quarter of the year to US$16.727 billion, according to official figures published in Macau. Over the first three months of the year China exported to the eight Portuguese-speaking countries goods worth US$5.844 billion (-44.95 percent) and imported goods amounting to US$10.882 billion (-2.1 percent), assuming a deficit of US$5.038 billion.
19 April 2016
7 April 2016
US company Kosmos Energy and Portugal's Galp Energia in January 2017 are due to carry out seismic surveys in three oil blocks in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sao Tome and Principe, announced Wednesday the director of the country's National Oil Agency. Orlando Sousa Pontes made this announcement during the public presentation ceremony of an environmental impact study prepared jointly by Kosmos Energy, the operator of blocks 11 and 12 of the Sao Tome EEZ and Galp Energia, the operator of block 6 in the same area.
7 March 2016
China and the eight Portuguese-speaking countries began 2016 with a year on year fall of 18.69 percent in trade in January, which totalled US$6.158 billion, according to Chinese official figures published in Macau. Trade with Brazil totaled US$4.419 billion (-20.61 percent), with China exporting goods worth US$1.682 million (-17.89 percent) and importing goods worth US$2.737 billion (-22.19 percent).
2 March 2016
The value of trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries fell by 25.73 percent in 2015 to US$98.474 billion, a real loss of US$34.106 billion, according to official Chinese figures. The only positive changes in the value of trade occurred in Timor Leste (East Timor - US$106.67 million or +76.48 percent) and Sao Tome and Principe (US$7,9 million or +37.99 percent).
18 February 2016
12 February 2016
A mission from the International Monetary Fund urged the government of Sao Tome and Principe to "improve tax collection and strengthen the financial system" at the end of a three-day visit during which it met with various representatives of the country. The director of the IMF's Africa department, Antoinette Saieh, stressed the need for the government to "strengthen the economy and consolidate growth at a higher level" and should therefore proceed with other important reforms, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.
22 January 2016
The United Nations has provided more than US$5.2 million to São Tomé and Príncipe to finance a "sustainable development" project in the archipelago - announced the UN representative in São Tomé, José Salema. The United Nations support for the project was formalised in a document signed by the representative and the São Tomé Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Carlos Vila Nova.
20 January 2016
15 January 2016
The difficulties of the oil industry in Angola may be an obstacle to the shareholders of São Tomé fuel and oil company ENCO "to view São Tomé and Príncipe with confidence," the chairman of the company said Thursday in São Tomé. "Hopefully the constraints linked to the current economic situation, particularly in the Angolan oil industry, will not be an obstacle to the smooth running of ENCO's activities," said the Angolan Adalberto Nhinguisa during the inauguration of the company's new headquarters, a project that cost US$10 million.
8 January 2016
The Major Planning Options and the 2016 State Budget of São Tomé and Príncipe, whose discussion started in the country's parliament, include an economic growth forecast of 5 percent and an inflation rate of around 4 percent, according to press reports. This budget proposal outlines expenses of about 152 million euros, an increase of 34 percent compared to the execution forecast to December 2015 and that already takes account of the credit facility agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
6 January 2016