Togo-Kazakhstan cooperation set to level up, in key sectors

Economic governance
Monday, 04 December 2023 17:41
Togo-Kazakhstan cooperation set to level up, in key sectors

(Togo First) - The Togo-Kazakhstan cooperation will be 10 years old in 2024. Ahead of the anniversary, the leaders of both countries recently met in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

The two presidents, during the meeting, talked about boosting cooperation between their countries, on the political, commercial, economic, cultural, and humanitarian fronts, especially. 

"We have enormous opportunities to give new impetus to our cooperation for the benefit of our peoples," said the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé.

"We are ready to establish closer contacts with Togo. We fully support this country's desire to establish mutually beneficial cooperation," President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared for his part. The two men made the comments after a meeting where they discussed issues relating to agriculture, new technologies, joint development of mineral resources, and investment.

Bolstering trade relations

The two countries, which have agreed to strengthen ties in various areas, aim to improve their trade relations; a goal that requires adopting certain measures.


Indeed, according to the Kazakh president, his country "has enormous potential for exporting grain to Togo". The leader invited Togo to join the Islamic Organization for Food Security, a body whose creation his country initiated. Tokayev said joining the group would help enhance Togo’s agricultural potential.

Kazakhstan sets sights on Togo's port and subsoil

"Kazakhstan and Togo are rich in natural resources", said the Kazakh leader, adding that the two nations can collaborate "in the exploration, production, and development of deposits of iron, phosphate, bauxite and other rare earth minerals".

Already, Kazakh entrepreneurs are positioning themselves to explore opportunities in Togo's mining industry.

"Kazakhstan and Togo can become strategic partners. Your country has enormous economic potential. Our delegation would like to expand cooperation in the trade, economics, mining, agriculture, transport, and digitalization sectors," said the Togolese President. 

The two countries are also exploring potential investments in the port of Lomé. 

Kazakh universities open to Togolese students

In addition to these fields, both sides want to cooperate in the cultural and humanitarian sectors. Already, the Kazakh government has launched scholarship programs for Togolese college students who would like to study in Kazakhstan.

To make the two presidents' stated ambitions a reality, Togolese entrepreneurs are invited to next year's Astana International Forum, "to familiarize themselves with Kazakhstan's economic potential."

Esaïe Edoh

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