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The largest environmental concerns facing Sao Tome and Principe are land and water pollution.1 The lack of access to water sanitation facilities and the general lack of water treatment centers contribute to this problem significantly.2 The rate of access to sanitation facilities overall is only 34%, with the average access rate in rural areas as low as 23.3%.3 Soil degradation and overexploitation have also been noted as environmental concerns in Sao Tome and Principe, which comes as little surprise due to the nation's heavy reliance on cocoa exports.4 The country struggles with the negative effects of coastal erosion and flooding as results of climate change.5

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International Monetary Fund 
A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Xiangming Li visited São Tomé and Príncipe from September 20-October 5, 2017, to discuss progress with the country's economic program supported by the IMF's three-year Extended Credit ... See more..
São Tomé and Príncipe's National Petroleum Agency (ANP) has launched a public tender to receive expressions of interest in oil prospecting blocks 10 and 13 of the Exclusive Economic Zone, according to an official statement. The decision to launch a ... See more..
China and São Tomé and Príncipe signed a trade, economic and technical cooperation agreement during a visit by Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming to the archipelago, China's ambassador to São Tomé and Príncipe said on Monday. See more..
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China's ambassador to São Tomé and Príncipe, Wang Wei, said goodbye on Tuesday to a group of 10 young São Toméans attending the 2nd Asia-Africa Youth Festival to be held in Beijing in the next few days, the Chinese diplomat told Macauhub. See more..
São Tomé and Príncipe's government has to ensure that large taxpayers and state-owned enterprises comply with their tax obligations for the remainder of 2017, as revenue by the end of August was less than expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ... See more..
With Regional Bureau support, the country office received approximately 75 percent of SRAC fund to carry out their priority activities approved by the budget revision. A nutritional project will be implemented to contribute to the improvement of the ... See more..
The present report focuses on the activities and achievements of the Centre in Cameroon, the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe. The type of field presence of OHCHR in other countries of the subregion varies, as does its ... See more.. 
Luanda — The Head of State of São Tomé and Príncipe, Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho, on Tuesday highlighted in Luanda the importance of relations with Angola. The president of São Tomé was speaking to the press, upon his arrival at Luanda's ... See more..
The Tide 
L-R: Founder of Verdant Agrictech Limited, Nasir Yamama, Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Nigeria, Tony Okpanachi, Chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Abba Bukar Kyari, Moderator, Cliff Ayozie, Chief Executive Officer, Helios ... See more..
Natural Gas World 
Sao Tome and Principe's upstream regulator, ANP, has invited expressions of interest from international firms to explore its offshore blocks 10 and 13. This follows a request by UK major BP and US independent Kosmos Energy for the two West African Gulf ... See more..
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Central Africa, islands in the Gulf of Guinea, just north of the Equator, west of Gabon

Total 964 sq km
Land 964 sq km
Water 0 sq km


tropical; hot, humid; one rainy season (October to May)
Natural Resources

fish, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion and exhaustion


Sao Tomean
186,817 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


This small, poor island economy has become increasingly dependent on cocoa since independence in 1975. Cocoa production has substantially declined in recent years because of drought and mismanagement. Sao Tome and Principe has to import fuels, most manufactured goods, consumer goods, and a substantial amount of food, making it vulnerable to fluctuations in global commodity prices. Over the years, it has had difficulty servicing its external debt and has relied heavily on concessional aid and debt rescheduling. Sao Tome and Principe benefited from $200 million in debt relief in December 2000 under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program, which ...See More helped bring down the country's $300 million debt burden. In August 2005, the government signed on to a new 3-year IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) program worth $4.3 million. In April 2011 the country completed a Threshold Country Program with The Millennium Challenge Corporation to help increase tax revenues, reform customs, and improve the business environment. Considerable potential exists for development of a tourist industry, and the government has taken steps to expand facilities in recent years. The government also has attempted to reduce price controls and subsidies. Potential exists for the development of petroleum resources in Sao Tome and Principe's territorial waters in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, which are being jointly developed in a 60-40 split with Nigeria, but any actual production is at least several years off. The first production licenses were sold in 2004, though a dispute over licensing with Nigeria delayed the country''s receipt of more than $20 million in signing bonuses for almost a year. Maintaining control of inflation, fiscal discipline, and increasing flows of foreign direct investment into the oil sector are the major economic problems facing the country. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$408.6 million (2012 est.); $392.1 million (2011 est.); $374.1 million (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

20.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 15.2% of GDP (2011 est.); -12.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cocoa, coconuts, palm kernels, copra, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, bananas, papayas, beans; poultry; fish

light construction, textiles, soap, beer, fish processing, timber