Togo and Mauritania announce future cooperation in the port industry

Friday, 15 October 2021 11:07
Togo and Mauritania announce future cooperation in the port industry

(Togo First) - Lomé and Nouakchott will soon cooperate in the port and fishing sectors. The announcement was made Wednesday during an official visit by Togo’s President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, to Mauritania where he met President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani. The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation between their nations.

According to the statement issued after the meeting, the decision to cooperate in the port and fishing sectors is explained by the major assets that both countries have in these areas. Togo has the only deepwater port in West Africa and Mauritania has a port that is strategically positioned for ships leaving for Europe.

On the matter of the fight against Covid-19, the Togolese and Mauritanian presidents reminded the international community that supplying vaccines is urgent to slow the virus’ spread, in a context where it has “greatly weakened the world economy and Africa’s especially.”

They also stressed that “one of the conditions that will ensure a rapid and sustainable economic recovery post-Covid-19 is the cancellation of African countries’ debt.”

Regarding violence in the Sahel region and the risk it spreads to neighboring States, the two presidents emphasized “the need for the international community and the G5 Sahel to strengthen their commitment in fighting terrorism.”

They also talked about climate change and deplored that Africa was the first victim of greenhouse gas emissions, though the region is a minor emitter.

Esaïe Edoh

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