NIGERIA-SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE RELATIONS

Political and Diplomatic

          Nigeria contributed significantly towards the success of the Sao Tome and Principe’s Presidential elections held in August, 2011. In addition to material support, a delegation led by Mr. Ahmed Magaji, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe participated actively as international observers in the Presidential election.

          One other notable event in the diplomatic relations between the two countries was the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan, for the inauguration and swearing in ceremony of the newly-elected President, Dr. Manuel Pinto De Costa, on September, 3rd 2011. During the visit, President Jonathan also laid the foundation for the construction of a new residence for the Nigerian Ambassador.

Joint Development Zone.

          Economic and strategic relations between the two neighbouring countries in the Gulf of Guinea are similarly strong. Common and mutually beneficial projects in the exploration and exploitation of both hydrocarbon and marine resources by the Joint Development Authority (JDA) continued to be pursued with vigour. In this regard, Nigeria hosted the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) at the JDA meeting in December 2011, in Abuja.

Bilateral Air Service Agreement:

          In pursuance of the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) which was reviewed, renegotiated and signed in 2006, Air Nigeria commenced flight operations between Lagos and Sao Tome in August, 2011.

Technical Assistance:

          Arrangements have been concluded to reintroduce the Technical Aid Corps Volunteers into Sao Tome and Principe. Technical Assistance projects are also being discussed in the security and maritime administration.

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