Canada’s first ambassador was appointed to Sao Tome in 1979, four years after the country achieved independence in 1975. Canada is currently represented in Sao Tome and Principe by the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. Sao Tome and Principe is represented in Canada by their Ambassador in Washington D.C. and by an Honorary Consulate in Montreal.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Sao Tome and Principe are limited. Two-way merchandise trade remains minimal, reaching just over $200,000 in 2012. However, Sao Tome and Principe has been interacting with Canada in the Francophonie, which it joined in 1995.
Canada is a member of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) whose objective is to support the implementation of the Central African Forest Commission’s (COMIFAC’s) action plan for conservation and sustainable management of Congo Basin forest ecosystems. Sao Tome and Principe is a member of the CBFP and the COMIFAC.
Canada contributes indirectly to the achievement of development results in Sao Tome and Principe through its long-term institutional support to multilateral and global organizations. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) may also provide timely and effective humanitarian assistance on the basis of needs and appropriate programming options.
On past occasions, Canada has encouraged the international community to adopt debt alleviation measures for Sao Tome and Principe. We also urge the Santomean government to use future oil revenues for programs aimed at sustainable development and poverty alleviation in the country.
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