Brazil is to install at the beginning of 2015 a Naval Mission in São Tomé e Príncipe (STP), an archipelago on the western coast of Africa, Plano Brasil reported on November 27, 2014[1]. The decree, signed by the commander of the Navy, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, establishes the tasks of the new military representation, which will be under the command of the Navy’s General Staff. The Naval Mission’s main objective will be to make an assessment of STP’s Coast Guard needs, and elaborate a proposal for a cooperation agreement between the two countries[2].

Secondary tasks of the Brazilian Naval Mission will include monitoring and supporting the activities of the Marines’ technical support group in São Tomé e Príncipe, subordinated to the Mission, and manage the human, material and financial resources to be deployed[3]. The members of the Mission are expected to reach the African country in February 2015, and the construction of the physical infrastructure should be completed by April. In May, the Mission should already be operational and fully active.

Relations with Africa, and particularly with the continent’s lusophone countries, are a traditional and strong priority of Brazilian foreign politics. Boosting political and military cooperation with São Tomé e Príncipe through a naval catalyst may be a part of Brazil’s broader political goal of “contributing to a greater say of the global South in the new world order in the making”[4], and a the same time an initiative promoting the expansion of Brazil’s growing economic interests – and, in a broader sense, Brazil’s growing national power – in Africa.


[1] “Em 2015 Brasil instalará Missão Naval em São Tomé e Príncipe”, Plano Brasil, November 27, 2014, at the Internet address

[2] Redação SINCOMAM, “Brasil cria núcleo de missão naval em São Tomé e Príncipe”, Sindicato Nacional dos Condutores da Marinha Mercante e Afins (SINCOMAM), November 27, 2014, at the Internet address

[3] Ibidem

[4] Ana Cristina ALVES, “Brazil in Africa: Achievements and Challenges”, London School of Economics Publications, at the Internet address

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