Kazakhstan and Togo set to bolster bilateral cooperation

Friday, 01 December 2023 14:34
Kazakhstan and Togo set to bolster bilateral cooperation

(Togo First) - Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé was in Astana, Kazakhstan, on an official visit on November 28. There, he met his counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and the two discussed bolstering the bilateral cooperation between their countries.

The two states will, concretely, enhance their economic relationship, focusing on the mining, digital, cultural, and agricultural sectors.

Gnassingbé presented his host with Lomé's economic development strategy, essentially based on public-private partnerships. He also mentioned the country’s favorable business climate, effective agricultural policy, and improvements relative to digitalization.

"Our government roadmap, which enshrines our development vision, relies on the private sector to finance 50% of the necessary investments. And the private sector will only come to invest if it finds an environment favorable to investment," Faure Gnassingbé told President Tokayev. 

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President Gnassingbé also highlighted the climate of peace and security in Togo.  "We are very attached in our country to peace and tolerance. And in this area, for a long time, our country has set an example despite the menace of terrorism and the sometimes communal conflicts to which our sub-region is prey,” he said.

For President Tokayev, the time is ripe for getting closer to Togo since Kazakhstan is currently on a rapprochement mission with African countries.

"Our countries are far apart, but we are ready to undertake multi-sectoral cooperation. We have many opportunities to strengthen our partnership in trade, agriculture, culture, technology, mining, education, and other areas," said the Kazakh president.

The two leaders plan to sign basic bilateral cooperation agreements, create a framework for consultation and exchanges "and stimulate their mutual development and partnership mechanisms in the environmental field".

Presidents Gnassingbé and Tokayev had a call last October.

Esaïe Edoh

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