São Tomé and Príncipe

The government of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe has publicly committed to implement the FiTI.

A public commitment demonstrates a sincere intention of the country’s government to increase transparency in fisheries management through the FiTI. However, the commitment should not be misinterpreted as official acceptance into the initiative. Only when such a commitment is followed by concrete implementation activities (such as the establishment of a FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group or the agreement on the country’s first FiTI workplan) and the subsequent approval of the country’s Candidate Application by the FiTI International Board will São Tomé and Príncipe be formally recognised as an FiTI implementing country.

The national authorities of São Tomé and Príncipe publicly committed to the FiTI in December 2018. However, this commitment did not endure the change in political leadership of the country in 2019.

The FiTI restarted its collaboration with stakeholders in São Tomé and Príncipe (government, business, civil society) in November 2020. The objective is to raise awareness about the importance of transparency for the country’s marine fisheries sector and to obtain a robust commitment from the government of São Tomé and Príncipe to implement the FiTI.

Commitment to implement the FiTI:11 January 2022
FiTI Lead Ministry:Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries
FiTI National Lead:[To be determined]
Contact within the FiTI International Secretariat:Mr Delvis Fortes
National implementation partner(s):MAR Ambiente e Pesca Artisanal (MARAPA)

Candidate application

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe has not submitted an official Candidate application to the FiTI International Board yet.

FiTI Reports

Not applicable yet.


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Relevant posts

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    From 5 to 13 March, 2022, the FiTI International Secretariat conducted a mission to the island nation in collaboration with its national implementation partner – the non-governmental organisation MARAPA – to inform and sensitize national authorities, professionals and civil society representatives regarding the sign-up-steps and the transparency requirements of the FiTI Standard, as well as to clarify aspects regarding the country’s ongoing TAKING STOCK assessment.
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    01 February 2022. Following the country’s public commitment to join the FiTI in early January 2022, the FiTI International Secretariat announced today the start of its TAKING STOCK assessment for São Tomé and Príncipe. This comprehensive review of the type of information that is published on national government websites will provide a credible benchmark to demonstrate improvements over time, and facilitate the upcoming steps to support the process of São Tomé and Príncipe’s accession to […]
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