The 4th edition of the Post Graduate Course on Public Finances will start with, approximately, 65 students from the state institutions of the public finance management systems from Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe e East Timor.

The Post Graduation Course is sponsored by Pro PALOP-TL ISC, under the cooperation agreement signed between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Cape Verde and the  Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon. The regional program between PALOP and East Timor on economic governance is funded by the European Union and managed by UNDP.

The Course will take place from October 19, 2021 to June 21, 2022 and it aims to train the students on public finances area, improving the technical and functional competencies of Control/Audit Institutions, Parliaments and Ministries of Finance. And to improve the efficient management and the public finances political and judiciary external control, to promote the efficiency and effective use of public resources.

In March 1992 at Sao Tome e Principe City, the Head of State and Governments of PALOP expressed their political willing to establish a multiform cooperation between PALOP countries and the European Union. East Timor joined the group in 2007, changed the name of the group to PALOP-TL.

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:

  1. The fundamentals of negotiation
  2. Negotiation methods and techniques
  3. The rationale of public debt
  4. Sources of external financing
  5. Analysis of obligations
  6. Conditionalities and cost of financing
  7. Analysis of the guarantees and eventuality of non-compliance
  8. Jurisdiction applicable
  9. Presentation of World Bank loan contracts
  10. 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.

About PACED:

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 National Project for Computerization of Civil Registry Services, carried out under the PASP, includes several components, namely: digitalization and cataloging of approximately 360,000 birth, marriage and death seats, development of an Integrated File Management System ( SIGA), which also allows for the  electronic registration of birth, and an electronic certificate sales portal. This latter feature will benefit substantially the citizens of São Tomé who live abroad, and who may use it to obtain a birth certificate, without having to travel to the Country.

The service is expected to be made available in all posts and delegations, maternities, embassies and consular services.

The Technical Assistance, administered by the Agency for Administrative Modernization (AMA, I.P.) of Portugal, includes the officers and senior staff of the Civil Registry, and takes place from 23 to 30 May, in the training room of the Portuguese Cultural Center in São Tomé.

An opening ceremony, on May 23rd at the Centro Cultural Brazil – São Tomé and Príncipe, was presided over by the Minister of Justice, Ilza Amado Vaz, and the Portuguese Ambassador, Luís Gaspar.

The Project to Support the Improvement of Quality and Proximity of Public Services in PALOP and Timor-Leste is a project financed by the European Union (EUR 4,800,000.00) under the 10th EDF, and co-financed and implemented by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP (EUR 1,000,000.00). Technical supervision of the project is provided by the Agency for Administrative Modernization, I.P. (AMA, I.P.).

Senior officials of the Timorese justice system, with legislative and investigative powers in the fight against corruption, money laundering and organized crime, met last Thursday in Díli to strengthen inter-institutional cooperation.

With the support of the Ministry of Justice of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, the meeting was promoted within the framework of the EU-funded Project for Support to Consolidation of the Rule of Law (PACED) and co-financed by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP, also responsible for its execution.

With a high participation of the intervening entities, this debate was centered on the following topics: institutional cooperation knowledge; assessment of the legal framework for preventing and combating crime; training of actors; and strategies for deepening institutional cooperation and preventing and combating these criminal phenomena.

Following the same guidelines, the PACED has foreseen another 11 meetings in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (2 per country), to be held in 2018 and 2019, each lasting one day. The entity responsible for its facilitation is the University of Coimbra’s (Portugal) Center for Social Studies Permanent Justice Observatory.

The PACED is born out of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and East Timor, 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 drug trafficking.

Its focus is on actions to strengthen the competent authorities’ institutional capacity at legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and best practices.

Scheduled to last until 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), of which 8.05 are managed directly by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP.

In East Timor, the PACED works directly with the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal, the Attorney General’s Office, the Criminal Investigation Police and the Financial Information Unit.

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.