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Title:Business and Politics in Sao Tome e Principe: From Cocoa Monoculture to Petro-State
Authors:Wood, Geoffrey
Soares de Oliveira, M.S.
Frynas, J. George
Year:2003
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:102
Issue:406
Period:January
Pages:51-80
Language:English
Geographic term:São Tomé and Principe
Subjects:political conditions
economic policy
plantations
petroleum
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Anthropology and Archaeology
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=98M8RNFKAJQNTBU1K8UC
Abstract:While the islands of São Tomé e Príncipe (STP) were once a leading cocoa producer, cocoa production is now relatively insignificant and the country is little known today outside the lusophone world. But STP could soon gain strategic and economic importance as its territorial waters are suspected to hold large quantities of crude oil. This article explores STP's shift away from domination by cocoa exports, narrating the decline and final collapse of the plantation economy and the country's slide towards overwhelming dependence on external assistance in the form of foreign aid and external debt. In this context, it calls STP an unviable State as its fledgling domestic economy fails to generate enough revenue to sustain its highly importreliant consumption patterns. But it finds STP on the verge of another major transformation as it is likely to become a crude oil producer within a few years. In the course of this research, the authors came across major irregularities in the conduct of the country's oil policy and some of this information appears for the first time in the public domain. In this context, their research points to opportunities for rent-seeking and corrupt behaviour, which stem from access to foreign aid and natural resources. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract] (updated version in: Lusotopie, (2003), p. 33-58)
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