Sao Tome & Principe

Co-operation relations between Portugal and Sao Tome & Principe

General information

Official name: Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe

Capital: São Tomé.

President: Evarísto do Espírito Santo Carvalho (took office in 3 September 2016).

Prime-Minister: Jorge Lopes Bom Jesus (since December 2018)

Independence Day: 12 July 1975

Districts: The São Tomé island is comprised of 6 districts: Água Grande, Cantagalo, Caué, Lembá, Lobata and Mé-Zóchi; the Autonomous
Príncipe Region contains the district of Pagué

Languages: Portuguese (official) and local languages (Forro, Angolar and Lunguye)

Religion: Catholic (82%)



Geographical Area: 1001 km2 (Gulf of Guinea, West Africa)

Climate: Equatorial 



Population: 193 000 (2013, AICEP)

Average rate of population growth: 2.6 – 2010/2015 (2013, UNDP)

Life expectancy at birth: 69 years (2013, UNDP)

Literacy rate (adults, 15 and over): 69,5 % (2013, UNDP)

Primary education enrolment rate: 97% (2013, UNDP)

Human development index: 142 position (2013, UNDP)


Economic data

Currency: Dobra (1€= 24 500 STD) paridade fixa desde 1 janeiro 2010.

GNP per Capita: 1 625 USD (2013, AICEP)

Inflation rate: 8.3% (2013, AICEP)

Unemployment rate: 13,6% (2013, INESTP)

Growth rate: 4,3% (2012, AICEP)

Main exports: Cocoa, machinery and equipment, fruit (2013, AICEP)

Exports - Portugal: 8.7 million € (2013, AICEP)

Imports - Portugal: 58.8 million € (2013, AICEP)

Direct Portuguese investment: 2.5 million euro - average between 2003 and 2013 (2013, BP)


Other information

Portuguese Embassy in Sao Tome

Ambassador: Luís Gaspar da Silva

Address: Avenida Marginal 12 de julho

Caixa Postal 173, S. Tomé

Tel.: (+239) 222 11 30 / 222 49 97

Fax: (+258) 222 11 90

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Attaché/Co-operation contact: António Machado (desde 2014)

Tel. (+239) 222 11 30

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Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tomé & Principe in Lisbon

Ambassador: Luís Guilherme d´Oliveira Viegas

Address: Avenida 5 de Outubro, nº 35, 4º Andar

1050-047 Lisboa

Tel.: (+351) 21 846 19 17/8

Fax: (+351) 21 846 18 95

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Current situation

General framework
Strategic Co-operation Programme

Strategic Co-operation Programme (SCP) 2016-2020. Signed by both countries on the 7th of September with a financial envelope of 57.5M€, this new programme involves a greater concentration of funds in the areas of education, health and social protection, extending to military training, police co-operation and justice.

Strategic Co-operation Programme 2016-2020

Indicative Co-operation Programme

Indicative Co-operation Programme Portugal - Sao Tome & Principe 2012-2015

Indicative Co-operation Programme 2012-2015. This programme covers a period of four years (2012--2015). It was signed in Lisbon on the 27th of November 2013 by the Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete and by the Sao Tome & Principe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Co-operation and Communities. With a financial envelope of €43.5m, this programme is primarily focused on co-operation for good governance, participation and democracy, sustainable development and the fight against poverty.

Portuguese Version


Indicative Co-operation Programme Portugal - Sao Tome & Principe 2008-2011

Co-operation in Numbers

Portuguese Official Development Assistance to S. Tome & Principe 2014-2018

In 2015, Portuguese net ODA to S. Tome & Principe registered a notable increase compared to the previous three years, standing at 22,61M€, mainly due to the concessional loan for electrical infrastructures, aimed for projects in the areas of construction and rehabilitation of electricity network. In 2016 and 2017, ODA come again near the average values of recent years, mainly due to the final use of the concessional credit line for road and electrical infrastructures and to the decrease in costs for partner patients’ health treatments in Portugal. Between 2014-18 the average net ODA stood at 13,79M€. 




Between 2014-18, the sector group Other Infrastructures and Social Services centralized the largest share of aid (63%), through projects in the areas of Education, Health and Water and Sanitation. The group Other Infrastructures and Economic Services accounted for 21,6%, particularly due to the weight of the Energy sector (2015) in result of the concessional loan for electrical infrastructures, and the Transport sector (2018), owing to the Portuguese Navy Support Mission for inspection of maritime areas and training of the country's Coast Guard.





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