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: Carlos Vila Nova

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 



Area: 997 k2 (2020, Banco de Portugal)

Population: 219 mil hab. (2020, Banco de Portugal)

Average rate of population growth: 1.66% (2018, CIA, Word Factbook, est)

Life expectancy at birth: 70.2 years (2018, UNDP)

Birth rate: 31.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. (estimated in 2018)

Death rate: 6.7 per 1,000 inhabitants (estimated in 2018)

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

Primary education enrolment rate: 84.9% (2018, IDH-PNUD)

Human development index: 138 position (2018, UNDP)


Economic data

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

GNP per Capita: 1 569 USD (2017, AICEP)

Inflation rate: 5.2% (2017, AICEP)

Unemployment rate: 13,0% (2013, INESTP)

Growth rate: 4,0% (2017, AICEP)

Main exports: Cocoa, machinery and equipment, fruit and spices (2017, AICEP)

Exports - Portugal: 81.3 million € (2017, AICEP)

Imports - Portugal: 23.5 million € (2017, AICEP)

Direct Portuguese investment: 2.5 million euro (2017, AICEP)


Other information

Portuguese Embassy in Sao Tome

Ambassador: Rui Carmo

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: Paula Pereira

Tel. (+239)  222 497 4

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

Ambassador: António Quinas do Espírito Santo

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 2015-2019

In 2015, Portuguese net ODA to S. Tome & Principe registered a notable increase compared to the previous three years, standing at 23M€, mainly due to the concessional loan for electrical infrastructures, aimed for projects in the areas of construction and rehabilitation of electricity network. In 2016-17, 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, stabilizing in a 12M€/year average. Between 2015-19 the average net ODA stood at 14,16M€.

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Between 2015-19, the sector group Other Infrastructures and Social Services centralized the largest share of aid (62%), through projects in the areas of Education, Health and Water and Sanitation. The group Other Infrastructures and Economic Services accounted for 23%, particularly due to the weight of the Energy sector (2015-17) in result of the concessional loan for electrical infrastructures, and the Transport sector (2018-19), owing to the Portuguese Navy Support Mission for inspection of maritime areas and training of the country's Coast Guard. In 2019, to be noted sectors Agriculture with the project for Support the Agricultural Export Lines of S. Tomé, and Fishing with the Sustainable Fishing Co-Management project in the South of S.Tomé Island.

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