Jiang touts Sao Tome and Principe ties

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 - Page 3

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday expressed his appreciation to Sao Tome and Principe for its firm support of Taiwan.

Ties between the two nations have remained good since they established diplomatic relations in 1997, Jiang said as he received a delegation led by Sao Tome and Principe Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa.

“As a staunch ally of the Republic of China, Sao Tome has been voluntarily helping the ROC [Republic of China] over the years to support its bid to participate in the international community,” Jiang said.

At this year’s UN General Assembly, Sao Tome again expressed its support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations, he said.

Taiwan has provided various types of assistance to the Central African nation to help improve its infrastructure, public health, education, agricultural technology and human resources, the premier said.

One of the best-known achievements of such cooperative efforts is the significant decrease in the infection and death rates of malaria in Sao Tome, he said.

Taiwan has also helped build a thermal power plant that supplies 50 percent of Sao Tome ‘s electricity, he added.

Da Costa, who arrived in Taipei on Sunday for a four-day visit, is scheduled to preside over a conference on investment opportunities in his country.

His delegation includes Sao Tome and Principe Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Pedro da Costa Umbelina Neto and Jorge Amado, chairman of Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe, which is part of the country’s ruling coalition.