Togo explores opportunities with Commonwealth in the maritime sector

Monday, 24 July 2023 08:46
Togo explores opportunities with Commonwealth in the maritime sector

(Togo First) - Togolese Minister of Maritime Economy, Edem Kokou Tengue, talked with Commonwealth officials at Marlborough House, in London, on July 19, 2023. They covered the opportunities and benefits that the Commonwealth's Blue Charter presents for Togo. This was on the sidelines of the 129th session of the General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 

Tengue, on the occasion, highlighted Togo’s maritime assets and advocated for its integration into the unique platform of the Commonwealth Blue Charter. This platform provides facilities for the exploration and exploitation of marine resources while promoting environmental sustainability and international cooperation.

In this framework, the Togolese minister and his hosts discussed potential areas of cooperation, such as ways to sustainably manage fisheries, protect marine biodiversity, develop the blue economy, and take innovative steps to fight sea pollution.

In Togo, 70% of economic activities are linked to the seafront, and the country gets over 75% of its tax revenues from it, according to the Ministry of Maritime Economy. Indeed, for several years now, the Togolese government has doubled down its efforts to better regulate maritime activity and make Lomé’s port a hub in the sub-region.

Esaïe Edoh

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