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São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe has an impressive record of democracy and free speech, prides itself on being a friendly, open and well-connected country, while it also produces some of the best chocolate in the world.

The country is largely aid-dependent, but Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada has a bold vision for reform. His primary ambition is to pivot São Tomé and Principe away from being donor reliant, so that it can take destiny into its own hands and improve the livelihoods of its citizens. The government’s strategy includes plans for a new airport and deep-water port, which would grow tourism and fishing industries, provide much needed jobs and pave the way to self-sufficiency.

The government’s strategy includes plans for an airport expansion, which would help boost tourism in the country.

The government’s ambitious Transformation Agenda combines economic reforms to strengthen business investment in the country with key infrastructure projects. Prime Minister Trovoada and a small team of committed ministers have a clear pragmatic view of how this agenda can be achieved.

With kind support from the Canadian Government and a philanthropic foundation, the Institute is supporting strengthening governance in Sao Tome and Principe in order to improve citizens’ lives. We are working with the Prime Minister’s office to strengthen the coordination and tracking of reforms, strategic communications and build international relations.

This is a significant window of opportunity for reform in Sao Tome and Principe. This is the first time the government has lasted longer than three years since its first free elections in 1991, and we are pleased to be supporting them as they look to capitalise on this stability.

Tony Blair meeting with Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada. (Photo Credit / Lourenco da Silva)

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