Canada’s first ambassador was appointed to São Tomé and Príncipe in 1979, four years after the country achieved independence in 1975. Canada is currently represented in São Tomé & Príncipe by the Canadian Embassy located in Abuja, Nigeria. The Permanent Mission of São Tomé and Príncipe to the United Nations in New York also serves as its Embassy to Canada. In addition, Sao Tomé and Principe is represented by an Honorary Consul in Montreal.
Sao Tomé and Principe has been interacting with Canada within the International organisation of La Francophonie, which it joined in 1995.
Canada has minimal bilateral merchandise trade relations with Sao Tome and Principe. Two-way merchandise trade reached $136,512 in 2013. Meat was the only commodity exported from Canada to Sao Tome and Principe in 2013, at $101,492. Top Canadian merchandise imports from Sao Tome and Principe comprise mainly machinery, toys, games and sports equipment, precision and technical instruments, electrical machinery and equipment, totaling $35,020. Sao Tome and Principe was Canada’s 201st largest export destination in the world in 2013. The same year, Sao Tome and Principe was Canada’s 206th most important source of imports in the world.
Canada contributes indirectly to the achievement of development results in São Tomé & Príncipe through its long-term institutional support to multilateral and global organizations. In 2013, Canada contributed $20 million to the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF), which is managed by the African Development Bank, to help local communities in forest zones secure sustainable livelihoods and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, therefore alleviating poverty while maximizing carbon storage. São Tomé & Príncipe as well as nine other Central African countries benefit from the CBFF.
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