São Tomé and Príncipe

The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe has been a FiTI Candidate Country since December 2023.

Fish is the main source of protein for the people of Sao Tome and Principe, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Gulf of Guinea, over 200 km off the coast of Gabon.

Fisheries in the country is exclusively artisanal and largely focused on small pelagics, providing jobs for thousands of people and representing a crucial revenue source for low-income families.

FiTI Lead Ministry:Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries
FiTI National Lead:Mr João Pessoa
Head of FiTI National Secretariat:Mr Manuel Jorge De Carvalho Do Rio
Contact within the FiTI International Secretariat:Ms Sara Lopes

Implementation timeline

Government of São Tomé and Príncipe announces its commitment to join the FiTI
Candidate Country

FiTI International Board grants Candidate Country status to São Tomé and Príncipe

Candidate application

The FiTI International Board approved São Tomé and Príncipe’s Candidate application on 7 December 2023. The official documents were submitted by Mr João Gomes Pessoa Lima on 2 December 2023.

FiTI Reports

São Tomé and Príncipe’s first FiTI Report, covering calendar year 2023, is due by end of December 2024.


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