Portugal makes a proposal for São Tomé and Príncipe to reassess cooperation

Jorge Bom Jesus, leader of the MLSTP-PSD

The Portuguese ambassador at São Tomé proposed the re-evaluation of the Strategic Cooperation Program (PEC), signed in September, 2016, between the two countries.

"We are practically in the middle of the Strategic Cooperation Program and it will certainly be time for us to have a reassessment of the program and to hear from the new Government of São Tomé what are the priorities and the methods that are considered most appropriate," the ambassador said, after leaving an audience with the new prime minister, Jorge Bom Jesus.

Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe signed in September, 2016, a Strategic Cooperation Program valued at over EUR 54 million for five years, which prioritizes the areas of health and education.

The Portuguese diplomat said while speaking to journalists that "democracy is very lively and strong in São Tomé and Príncipe" and expressed to the San Tomean chief executive "the political will of Portugal to continue to deepen diplomatic and cooperation relations" with the nation.

Luís Gaspar da Silva mentioned the electric energy crisis in the archipelago as the "top priority issue at the moment," emphasizing that Portugal will "always be available to make every effort to support São Tomé and Príncipe in solving this problem."