Under the Cooperation Program of the PALOP and East Timor with the European Union, an Extraordinary Meeting of the National Authorizing Officers of the PALOP and East Timor was held on the 8th and 9th of March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, to assess the current stage of the program projects’ implementation and the formulation of the programs under the 11th EDF. It was also the opportunity to approve the new visual identity of the program and to publicize the new website, in the framework of the celebrations of this Cooperation Program’s 25 years of existence.
On April 9, a ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Regional Police of the Autonomous Region of the Príncipe, in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, to deliver a special vehicle to support the Judiciary Police in the region, within the framework of the Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED). The ceremony was attended by the President of the Prince’s Regional Government, José Cassandra; the Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Ivete Lima; the General Director of Prison Services and Social Reintegration, Lázaro Afonso; the Director of the Judicial Police, Maribel Rocha and Mr. Attaché of the Embassy of Portugal, António Machado.
The event was held with the purpose of strengthening the structures of the Delegation of the Judicial Police of the Autonomous Region of the Prince. According to the Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights, Ivete Santos Lima Correia, “the delivery of this vehicle will improve the services of the Judicial Police in the Region of Prince, which is the pillar of crime prevention and investigation in this region.”
The objectives of PACED are to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in the PALOP-TL group of countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.
The intervention focuses on actions to institutionally empower competent authorities at the legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and good practices.
The project started in 2014 and is due in December 2019. The PACED has a budget of 8.4 million euros (7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and 1.4 million by Camões, IP).
In addition to the Judicial Police, in São Tomé and Príncipe the PACED works directly with the Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights, the Minister of Planning, Finance and Blue Economy and the Central Bank.
On December 10, 2018, in Luanda, the Institute for Training in Economic and Financial Management of the PALOP (IGEF), in partnership with ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, through its IPPS-IUL Public and Social Policies), underwent training on, “Negotiation of Contracts and International Loans”, aimed at senior managers in planning or finance functions involved in the negotiation of contracts and international loans of the PALOP and TL.
The training course it is focused mainly on Administrative Law, Economic Law and Financial Law, designed at strengthening participants’ capacity to negotiate and contract international loans. In particular, the coaching enabled the trainees to identify, analyze and apply the standards instituted as: i) the relationship between the financial decision and the decision to contract; (ii) relevant economic and financial aspects which enable a comprehensive understanding of negotiation and public procurement.
With a total of 30 hours of classroom training, the course lasted until December 14 and covered the following topics:
- The fundamentals of negotiation
- Negotiation methods and techniques
- The rationale of public debt
- Sources of external financing
- Analysis of obligations
- Conditionalities and cost of financing
- Analysis of the guarantees and eventuality of non-compliance
- Jurisdiction applicable
- Presentation of World Bank loan contracts
- Presentation of case studies
The training is, a part of the IGEF Support Project (PAIGEF), co-financed by the European Union and the Contracting Countries of the Institute.
PAIGEF aims to strengthen economic governance capacities and the effectiveness, transparency, quality and efficiency of the Public Finance Management (PFM) systems of the PALOP countries and Timor-Leste by improving human and institutional capacities in the field.
Between the 4th and 7th of December, the second Forum of Criminal Investigation Police of the PALOP and East Timor was held at the headquarters of the Judiciary Police in Lisbon. Researchers from the criminal investigation police of the PALOP-TL, with responsibility in the area of economic and financial crime, met for sessions of knowledge sharing and to acquire new tools and mechanisms in asset recovery and asset loss.
This initiative was promoted by Camões – Instituto de Cooperação e da Língua, IP, through the Project for the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED), in partnership with the Office of Asset Recovery of the Judiciary Police, and the participation of 24 criminal investigation police officers from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.
The forum focused on research and legal mechanisms for the recovery of goods and products seized in favour of the State or victims, in order to prevent organized crime, corruption and economic and financial crime from generating profits for those who practice these activities.
The PACED is under the scope of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and Timor-Leste and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking of narcotic drugs.
The first baby of the “digital age” was born in São Tomé!
The Support Project for Improvement in Quality and Proximity of Public Services in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PASP) trained staff of São Tomé and Príncipe.
The technical assistance to the Registry and Notary Services aimed at strengthening the capacities and skills of its staff for the new dynamics in the services of the Civil Registry, which were modernized and computerized under this project.
It should be noted that the National System for Computerization of Civil Registry Services, carried out under PASP, includes several components: digitalization and cataloging of approximately 360,000 birth, marriage and death seats, development of an Integrated Management System (SIGA), which allows for the registration of birth in electronic form, and a portal for the electronic sale of certificates.
The citizens of São Tomé who live abroad will substantially benefit from this last functionality, which allows to obtain a birth certificate without having to travel back to the Country. This service is expected to be available in all posts and delegations, maternities, embassies and consular services.
In addition, the beneficiary countries have developed National Projects based on their priorities, focusing on areas such as computerization of civil registries (São Tomé and Príncipe and Guinea Bissau), commercial and automotive (Cape Verde), the creation of the state electronic certification system (Mozambique), the extension of identity card issuance (Timor-Leste) and the promotion of digital inclusion and literacy (Angola).
Source: AMA and Camões IP.