São Tomé and Príncipe: The Future Always Postponed

Prof. José Pavia

The small archipelago of São Tomé and Príncipe, which became independent in 1975, has excellent human, geostrategic and natural conditions that could have made it an exemplary case in Africa. However, this future has been constantly postponed, which leads us to the question of why this situation has become a kind of inevitability. Recent reports, such as the Pew Research Center, highlight the fact that the population of Sao Tome and Principe is the one that - in proportion to its size - has contributed most to the growth of migratory flows from Africa, having grown at a rate of 167% between 2010 and 2017. This figure could surprise us, but it´s a reflex of how the people of São Tomé and Príncipe is pessimistic about the future of their country.
The methodology to be used to try to answer this question will be a historical, social, political and economic analysis using the comparative method, through which some explanations and conclusions will be extracted