• Sao Tome and Principe
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Mar 25, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Sao Tome and Principe
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 13.73 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 8, 2020

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to bank documents, the objective of the programme is to support the GoSTP in promoting green growth and the sustainable development of STP's power system, as well as in strengthening public financial management and the business climate.

The Energy Transition and Institutional Support Programme (ETISP) is designed to promote green growth, sustainable development of the power system and strengthening public financial management. It will mainly finance urgent work to reinforce and maintain the network of existing thermal power plants, the rehabilitation of the Papagaio hydroelectric power plant (1 MW) and the hybridisation of one of the main thermal power plants (Santo Amaro) with solar photovoltaic technology. The programme will also support the implementation of an energy efficiency (EE) programme, improve airport facilities to increase exports, improve key IT systems for public financial management and strengthen institutional capacity in environmental and social management and gender equality. The proposed interventions will have a direct impact on the beneficiaries of the programme, including improved access to electricity, improved reliability of electricity supply, increased export capacity, reduced GHG emissions and institutional capacity development. The Programme is designed around three components aimed at: i) initiating the energy transition toward renewable energy; ii) providing institutional support while strengthening financial governance and the business climate; and iii) supporting the GoSTP in implementing the ETISP and building institutional capacity. The Programme will be implemented starting in 2020, in both Sao Tome and Principe islands. A period of four years is estimated for the Programme implementation, entailing a total Programme cost of UA 10.44 million.


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