Sao Tome is an island nation off the Western equatorial coast of Central Africa. Its main export is cocoa, representing about 95% percent of shipments overseas, as well as copra, palm kernels and coffee. The country is a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
Sao Tome has made tremendous efforts in order to improve its trade environment. As part of the integrated framework programme, Sao Tome in collaboration with ITC and UNDP established a Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (TIPA) to assist SMEs in their export operations. In addition, ITC has contributed to the establishment of the Single Window for business registration in Sao Tome and Principe. The country is also building up its services industries, especially tourism with the perspective of diversifying its economy. ITC aims to consolidate its previous interventions and strengthen its partnership with Sao Tome and support the country in its development endeavours.
Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.