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I – INTRODUCTION

The Priority Action Program (PAP) 2006-2008 is a tool for implementing the NPRS by synergizing the efforts of the nation and those of the development partners to achieve a single objective: the promotion of economic growth and poverty reduction to enhance the wellbeing of the population.

To achieve that objective, the PAP implementation strategy envisages three broad categories of actions:

1.

The implementation and/or deepening of the reforms in the fiscal sectors and in the

legal or regulatory frameworks that influence the decisions of private entrepreneurs, including the poor.

2.

The launching of a major public works program—roads, port and airport, energy and

water—to help the country take off and to reduce the costs of imports and exports, which negatively affect economic and social life.

3.

Stop the erosion of human capital as an absolute priority of the PAP, under which the

strategy for the next three years is to improve the quality of education and its accessibility to the poor, and to offer students in secondary education the possibility to prepare for technical and vocational careers. In the area of health, to continue the programs to combat AIDS and the malaria vector, and to enable the São Tomé Hospital Center to provide specialist services,

while improving health care in district centers and secondary facilities. In addition, targeted and integrated actions aimed at persons living in extreme poverty will also be continued.

To that end, the PAP (2006-08) envisages political measures, legislative and regulatory actions, restructuring and reorganization of government agencies, and an annual Public Investment Program (PIP) for the different pillars of the NPRS.

The purpose of this report, therefore, is to assess the degree of implementation of the PAP in 2006.

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