Brazil will soon sign two new cooperation projects with São Tomé and Príncipe, the Brazilian ambassador to the West African archipelago announced on Monday during the ceremony to mark Brazil’s 197th anniversary of independence.
Ambassador Vilmar Rogeiro Júnior said that the two new projects will be one of cooperation between the Attorney General’s Office of the two countries and another was focused on training young people from São Tomé with a view to securing their first job, according to the local news agency STP-Press.
The Brazilian diplomat said that a project was “under consideration” by the government focused on “training tax technicians” as well as a protocol for cooperation in the field of justice and judiciary aimed at “combating drug trafficking and access to the legal system.”
São Tomé Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities, Elsa Pinto, praised the relations of friendship and cooperation with Brazil, and expressed interest in continuing to strengthen these relations, citing the business sector as a priority.
Having stated that “with Brazil the relationship goes far beyond the technical cooperation projects,” Pinto added that “it involves the diplomatic liaison within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries and the international organisations in which we are allies on strategic issues.”