Togo: President Gnassingbé inaugurates new fishing port in Gbetsogbe-Baguida

Thursday, 25 April 2019 10:59
Togo: President Gnassingbé inaugurates new fishing port in Gbetsogbe-Baguida

(Togo First) - Togo’s new fishing port, in Gbetsogbe-Baguida (about 10km from Lomé), is officially operational.

It was inaugurated by President Gnassingbé yesterday, as part of activities planned in line with the independence celebrations.

The port was co-financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Togolese State, official sources indicate. The former provided XOF14.46 billion and the latter XOF6.23 billion. Construction works began in August 2017.

With a capacity of 300 barks, the new facility should compensate for the 30% reduction of the old fishing port’s basin, as well as contraction of the bark-parking space resulting from works to boost capacities of the port of Lomé.

With the new port, 8,000 jobs should be consolidated and 5,000 jobs, direct and indirect, created. 

Moreover, according to the ministry of agriculture, animal production and fishery, the infrastructure will foster the integration of artisanal fishing sales to the blue economy, improve quality of derived products and revenues of related actors, among others.

Togo’s annual fishery output is expected to rise to 25,000 tons. The sub-sector let it be recalled, represents about 4% of the country’s agricultural GDP and 1% of its total GDP. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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