Togo opens single window to bolster its diaspora’s contribution to national development

Economic governance
Monday, 10 May 2021 14:51
Togo opens single window to bolster its diaspora’s contribution to national development

(Togo First) - Today, May 10, Togo is set to launch a special window where its diaspora can get information related to procedures and steps to follow, to contribute to the country’s development. 

This was disclosed by the minister of foreign affairs, Robert Dussey, on Twitter at the end of last week. Alongside the launch of this window, the action plan to boost the participation of the diaspora in the 2020-2025 roadmap will be initiated. 

“No nation can build itself and thrive without involving all its sons and daughters in the management of public affairs, said the government during the inauguration ceremony of the 77 delegates of the High Council for Togolese Abroad (HCTE). 

To this, the then Prime Minister, Komi Selom Klassou, had added: “the HTCE is now the proven receptacle of the potential of our compatriots and it gives priority to our diaspora’s concerns.” 

To encourage investment from the diaspora, Togolese authorities took many initiatives including among others the exemption of visa for binational Togolese, the 2014 Diaspora meetings, the Diaspora Success Week, etc. 

Last February, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) adopted a proposal by Togo to declare the 2021-2031 decade as the “decade of African roots and diasporas.”

More recently, Togo signed an agreement with France, establishing a legal framework called “Talents in common” to enable more members of the Togolese diaspora to serve the country’s development. This was during a visit by Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé to France, at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron.

Every year, Togolese abroad officially transfer nearly $500 million, or 8 to 9% of GDP, back home. These monies are mainly sent to aid families.

Séna Akoda

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