Niger’s President visits the port of Lomé in Togo

Economic governance
Tuesday, 21 March 2023 14:43
Niger’s President visits the port of Lomé in Togo

(Togo First) - The President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, visited the Autonomous Port of Lomé (PAL) yesterday, March 20. He observed the platform’s achievements in improving transit from Togo to Niger.

In detail, the leader visited the port’s docks and operating rooms. He was also introduced to reforms undertaken by the government to improve the PAL’s services–such as measures to reduce the costs and duration of operations–and upcoming projects related to the port. 

Among the projects is one to expand the port. This project costs €50 million (about CFA32 billion) and involves investing in the Lomé Container Terminal (LCT) and acquiring handling equipment. 

Other projects include the doubling of the national road N°1 to make it easier to move goods to neighboring landlocked countries, and the installation of a dry port at the Industrial Platform of Adétikopé (PIA). 

Some of these projects have been completed and others are ongoing. According to Edem Tengue, the Togolese minister of maritime economy, they all aim "not only to ensure the development of Togo but also, are an expression of the willingness of Togolese authorities to improve trade relations between Togo and its hinterland neighbors.

Data from the UN shows that in 2019 Togo exported $80 million worth of goods to Niger. It is one of the many Sahel nations with which Togo has excellent trade relations. 

Esaïe Edoh

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