Edem Kokou Tengue: From Maersk to Minister of Maritime Economy, Fisheries and Coastal Protection

Saturday, 03 October 2020 19:00
Edem Kokou Tengue: From Maersk to Minister of Maritime Economy, Fisheries and Coastal Protection

(Togo First) - Edem Kokou Tengue is the new Minister of Maritime Economy, Fisheries and Coastal Protection in Togo.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the Secretary-General of the Presidency, Sandra Johnson. Edem Tengue, who was until his appointment the Managing Director of the Togolese branch of Danish integrated shipping company Maersk, joins a new government focused on the national development plan (PND) - a government led by Victoire Tomégah-Dogbé (who was appointed Prime Minister a few days ago, the first woman to ever hold the title in Togo)

A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, the University of Birmingham, the prestigious Imperial College of London, and Harvard Business School, Tengue is an expert in the maritime ecosystem. After he was trained from 2003 to 2005 in Copenhagen by the Maersk Group, he became the assistant to the CFO of the Group's Regional Office, which covers all of Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland) and the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania).

Next, Edem Tengue was sent home to take over the financial management of Maersk’s three companies: Maersk Togo S.A., Damco Togo S.A., and Lomé Terminal service. At the time, the group was running to take over handling activities at the Port of Lomé. 

In 2017, Tengue - also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) - was one of the 20 Young Leaders of the French African foundation. The following year, Choiseul named him among the Young Economic Leaders for Tomorrow, a select ranking that included personalities such as French President Emmanuel Macron.

Though he was elected deputy in the HAHO electoral district during the legislative elections of December 20, 2018, he preferred business to politics, a path he can no longer avoid. 

Last year, he became the president of the Professional Association of Shipping and Vessel Consignment Companies of Togo (NAVI-TOGO).

At his new position, the 40-year old’s main mission consists of advancing Togo’s national development plan. The latter mainly aims to make the country a first-class logistics hub in the subregion, by leveraging the assets of the Port Autonomy of Lomé.

Challenges that the former Maersk executive will face include water security issues (notably tackling maritime piracy), providing professional training locally, consolidating the regional position of Lomé’s port and its contribution to the national budget. To these add the old issue of cabotage in the Gulf of Guinea.

Fiacre E. Kakpo

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