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Sao Tome and Principe




The country of Sao Tome and Principe is a mix bag of sorts as it has good points and bad points.  Starting with the bad points, it has no real development plan of its own yet and is just really reliant on foreign cooperation and development aids. Without the help of the EU, most likely, the Rio Contador power station would not have been completed as well as the important drinking water supply depots. The threat of malaria looming all year round may also be a deterrent to tourists. The government’s lack of initiative in improving the lot and level of thinking of the people in providing free education only to primary school is somewhat half-baked. Finishing 6th grade is Tantamount to reading a trilogy book without the last part. Perhaps it just helps in bringing down illiteracy but as to skills vis-à-vis to finishing Grade 6; it doesn’t really improve the skills country’s labor force.

On the positive note, Sao Tome and Principe’s good points could hopefully cover up its bad points.  For one, oil has been discovered in the territory shared with Nigeria. This undertaking proves to give the country a $120 million profit. Not only that, hopefully, this oil could also spur other industries like petrochemical products and oil refining. Not only that, these foreign-owned companies who won the bids for the development would also require more engineers and highly skilled jobs which hopefully Sao Tome and Principe can provide.  

Another positive sign for good tidings to come to Sao Tome and Principe is the peace and order situation of the country. Foreign investors would not worry about civil unrests as the changing political colors. The country actually has an advanced democratic-based government.

Lastly, the government has yet to tap its potential money-making industry, the tourism industry.  As with any successful tourism industry, Sao Tome and Principe has all the elements to be a subject of blogs and photo-sharing websites. It has the locations, the climate and most of all the warm hospitality of the people.  The success of the tourism industry will just become a matter of marketing the country correctly.

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