Togo sees joining the Commonwealth as an opportunity

Economic governance
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 16:49
Togo sees joining the Commonwealth as an opportunity

(Togo First) - A Commonwealth delegation is in Lomé for an evaluation mission, in line with Togo’s ambition to join the community. The members of this delegation will first meet with Prime Minister Tomegah-Dogbe, then with civil society organizations, the media, and political parties. 

Togo has been wanting to join the Commonwealth since 2014. “The Commonwealth is a two billion consumer market. It’s an opportunity for Togo,” said Franck Missité, Director of Cabinet at the Ministry of Communication. 

Missité emphasized that “Togo will not exit the francophonie. It remains a full member. Togo remains a Francophone country. We are just going to improve our English curriculum. We simply want to reactivate other partnerships,” the official declared. 

Joining the Commonwealth would allow Togo to benefit from the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC). The latter plays a significant role in the economic and social development of the community’s members. 

At the end of its evaluation, the Commonwealth delegation will produce a report that will be key to the next phase of the adhesion process.  

The Commonwealth mostly consists of former British colonies. Its mission is to promote a set of values shared by its members, including equality, non-discrimination, democracy, and the rule of law.

Esaïe Edoh

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