Faure Gnassingbé launches highly anticipated Togo-EU economic forum

Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:55
Faure Gnassingbé launches highly anticipated Togo-EU economic forum

(Togo First) - Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbé, officially launched today the first Togo-EU economic forum in Lomé.

The related ceremony was attended by Jyrki Katained, EU commissioner for Jobs, Investment and Competitiveness, Mario Pezzini, Director of OECD’s Development Centre, various government officials and business moguls such as Africa’s richest Aliko Dangoté.

More than 300 investors from the EU’s 28 countries will attend the two-day event. There will be panels, business meetings and sessions to showcase key projects of the PND.

“The present forum perfectly translates converging visions of the European Commission and the Togolese government for stronger ties to foster investment and job creation, said President Gnassingbé.

The leader then evoked solidarity between Europe and Togo, “which will be at the heart of talks” during the forum.

“Progress is a long road of solidarity. We are more convinced of this than ever seeing your gathering at this event, which will inevitably make it a success,” he continued before concluding: “Today, through this forum, we take a major step in this new era of renewal between the European Union and Togo.

More than 1,000 people were present at the event’s opening ceremony. The latter was followed by a panel hosted by Mario Pezzini, Carlos Lopes, former executive secretary of UNECA, Aliko Dangote and Etienne Giros, Chairman of the European Business Council for Africa (EBCAM). The panel focused on sustained, inclusive and balanced development in Togo.  

Besides the panel, three other activities marked this ceremony: the signing of Togo’s letter of adhesion to the OECD’s development centre, the launch of the EU-Togo Chamber of Commerce (EUROCHAM Togo) and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Togo’s chamber of commerce and European chambers of commerce.

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