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4. Under the Judicial Governance Program and with the support of international technical assistance, the code of criminal procedure, public magistrates’ statute, revision of the basic law on the judicial system, penal code and code of criminal procedure were completed. Judges and local government officials received training to improve their job performance.

5. In the area of civil society, development training sessions were conducted under FNGO leadership on building the intervention capacity of NGOs in the following areas:

Prevention of HIV/AIDS and malaria (27 NGOs);

Monitoring and assessment for community committees (22 NGOs);

Leadership capacity (47 NGOs);

Accounting and information technology course (25 NGOs);

Project preparation (open to all NGOs).

6. The following social communications activities were carried out:

Broader coverage of the radio broadcasting network; it was possible to extend the national radio network to all the communities in the south and the autonomous region of Príncipe, so these communities now have access to information through this medium. Also in the area of community access to information, the Directorate General of Media produces a weekly news bulletin in partnership with UNICEF, which is also distributed in the rural areas. With respect to television, activities are under way to increase the number of stations so that the entire autonomous region of Príncipe can have access to TV and radio in the first half of 2007.

Capacity building for the media through the training workshop on “Freedom of the press and the role of the media in implementing the National Poverty Reduction Strategy.” Economic and Financial Governance

Further to the structural reforms that had advanced considerably by end-2006, the following actions were taken in the area of economic and financial governance:

  • adoption of a legislative package on tax reform, the law establishing the arbitration court, and approval of the commercial codes;

  • initiation of government financial reform with the support of the World Bank, with the following activities being under way:

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