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Togo : Government keeps legal rate of interest at 4.5%  Togo First

In Togo, the legal rate of interest applied in 2019 was kept at 4.5%. This was announced by the government following the council of ministers held in.

Togo First
Togo elects first female head of National Assembly  EWN

Yawa Djigbodi Tsegan, from President Faure Gnassingbe's Union for the Republic party, was chosen on Wednesday in a vote by her fellow lawmakers.

EWN
Supplies for a school in Togo - 2018  Council of Europe

[December 2018] The C.I.E.LO Association applied for a grant for a project dedicated to manufacture a part of the 50 double desks to equip the 3 classrooms...

Council of Europe
Japan's Togo Securities raided on suspicion of offsetting forex losses  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- Togo Securities, a relatively small Japanese brokerage, is under investigation for allegedly covering for client losses incurred in fore.

Nikkei Asian Review
Togo raises CFA28 billion for its latest title issuance on regional market  Togo First

CFA28 billion. That is the amount raised by Togo for its treasury bills issuance on the regional market last Friday. Considering that the country.

Togo First
Togo to build a multiservice logistics park to unblock Lomé port  Togo First

A more than 50-ha multiservice logistics park will be built at Adakpamé, in Lomé, Togo, to unblock Lomé Port, which has become the leading port in.

Togo First
IFAD propels inclusive rural economic growth in Togo  IT News Africa

Over 50000 vulnerable rural households in Togo will benefit from a US$35 million project that aims to spur inclusive rural economic growth and create.

IT News Africa
"Ghana Will Fight Togo" - Prophet Badu Kobi Warns | General News  Peace FM Online

General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi has issued a strong warning to Ghana and her neighbouring countries, claiming ...

Peace FM Online
Togo bishops: Clergy can't be indifferent to nation's suffering  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Togo's bishops say they “cannot stay indifferent” to the crisis engulfing the West African country.

Crux: Covering all things Catholic
Togo : OTR acquaints notaries with the new general tax code  Togo First

(Togo First) - Last Thursday, Togo's Revenue Office (OTR) carried out a meeting with the country's notaries to get them acquainted with the new general tax code ...

Togo First
Togo: European Union and German cooperation invest in pineapple sector  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

FreshPlaza.com
Togo and IFAD Partnering for Improved Financial Services and Job Creation for Rural People  AllAfrica.com

Over 50000 vulnerable rural households in Togo will benefit from a US$35 million project that aims to spur inclusive rural economic growth and create ...

AllAfrica.com
The Movement to Oust Togo's Gnassingbe Dynasty Faces an Uncertain Year  World Politics Review

The Togolese opposition’s decision to boycott recent legislative elections seemed to play into the hands of the ruling party. As President Faure ...

World Politics Review
Togo to reinforce regulations for land transfer from citizens to foreigners  Togo First

(Togo First) - Togo wants to reinforce regulations relating to land transfers from citizens to foreigners. Related leases will be extended for a period of more than ...

Togo First
Togo reaffirms zero-tolerance policy against corruption  Togo First

(Togo First) - On Thursday January 17, 2019, the Higher Authority for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption and Related Offences (HAPLUCIA) organized ...

Togo First
Togo Telecom will have its license renewed  Togo First

(Togo First) - Togo Telecom will get its license renewed. The decision was approved during the recent council of ministers held last Wednesday, under its ...

Togo First
Togo plans to get a new investment framework to improve business climate  Togo First

Togo wants to establish a new investment framework, in line with its development goals. Indeed, during the recent council of ministers, Sani Yaya,

Togo First
Bognor Regis business saves lives with UK aid - Togo  ReliefWeb

A Bognor Regis business in West Sussex is helping children in some of the world's poorest countries to receive lifesaving vaccines. Published 17 January 2019.

ReliefWeb
Home-based Super Eagles to face Togo or Benin in CHAN 2020 qualifier  Pulse Nigeria

The home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria will face either the Squirrels of Benin Republic or the Sparrowhawks of Togo in the qualification encounter for the ...

Pulse Nigeria
Togo fintech project designed for youth living on Lomé streets  Africa Times

An innovative fintech project in Togo aims to protect street children who work and make money, but don't have access to banking or similar financial services.

Africa Times
Gambia/Togo: Gambia's Automatic Nations Cup Chances Lowered After Togo Protest Ditched  AllAfrica.com

Gambia's chances of a direct push to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations now lean precariously after CAF rejected a protest against Togo.

AllAfrica.com
Togo: In 2017, agricultural exports rose by 30% in value, standing at CFA88.5bn  Togo First

In 2017, Togo exported CFA88.579 billion of agricultural products, up 29.9% compared to the previous year (CFA68.173 billion). This was revealed in.

Togo First
Togo to get two new commercial courts  Togo First

In Togo, two commercial courts will be created to appropriately deal with business conflicts. The related decision was taken during a council of.

Togo First
Moov-Togo to soon begin users identification and re-identification campaign  Togo First

Moov-Togo will soon carry out an identification/re-identification campaign targeting its users. While the campaign's period is yet to be revealed,

Togo First
Ecobank provides financial facility for vulnerable kids in Togo  Political Analysis South Africa

Ecobank, the pan-African bank, is partnering with leading international children rights NGO Terre des Hommes to offer digital financial services to some of the ...

Political Analysis South Africa
Togo : A single 18% tax rate to replace VAT  Togo First

In Togo, companies that pay value added tax (VAT) must from now on pay a single 18% tax rate. This was disclosed by Ahmed Esso-Wavana Adoyi, Tax.

Togo First
NCA holds bilateral frequency coordination meeting with Togo  GhanaWeb

The National Communications Authority (NCA) is holding a Bilateral Frequency Coordination Meeting with neighbours, Togo, to collaborate and resolve issues ...

GhanaWeb
Bishops denounce violence in Togo and Gabon  Newsbook

The Episcopal Conference of Togo renewed its request to the majority and opposition in the country, to sit down at the negotiating table and to avoid any form of ...

Newsbook
Togo: Government sets up a department for “made in Togo” promotion  Togo First

Togo's government has set up a ministerial department that will be in charge of promoting local consumption through products “made in Togo”. The.

Togo First
Togo's port traffic grew by 25% in H1 2018, IMF says  Togo First

Togo's port traffic increased by 25% between January and June 2018, a note from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed. According to the.

Togo First
Togo: OTR launches online platform for land complaints submission  Togo First

Togo's Revenue Office (OTR) just launched an online platform where it is possible to file complaints related to land issues. The platform receives.

Togo First
Togo gets CFA12 billion from Kuwait Fund KFAED, for a drinking water project in Kara  Togo First

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) just provided Togo a CFA12 billion financing for its drinking water supply project in Kara.

Togo First
Socio-political crisis must end for Togo's economy to restart fully in 2019, AfDB says  Togo First

(Togo First) - Togo's “GDP growth should reach 5% in 2019 and 5.3% in 2020, given that the ongoing political crisis is solved and public and private investments ...

Togo First
Togo: PND to help create 4200 artisanal businesses by 2022  Togo First

(Togo First) - Support the creation of 4,200 artisanal businesses by 2022, and make them competitive as well as wealth and job generators. That is Togo's ...

Togo First
Togo government planning a biometric census of the population  Biometric Update

The government of the West African nation of Togo is gearing up to begin a biometric census of the population under its eID Togo project.

Biometric Update
Togo to pay next February 17 the first tranche of profits associated to its 2016-2026 6.50% Sukuk  Togo First

(Togo First) - Togo will, on next February 17, proceed to the semester payment of profits and partially reimburse capital associated to its “2016-2026 6.50% State ...

Togo First
Yaovi Sedjro, best young entrepreneur of 2019, to represent Togo in Morocco  Togo First

Yaovi Sedjro, the young Togolese agripreneur, won last Friday the award of the Best young entrepreneur of 2019 and will represent Togo at the coming.

Togo First
Togo-registered dredger, crew detained for illegal sand mining  Malay Mail

PORT KLANG, Feb 4 — The marine police here detained a dredger, registered in the Republic of Togo, West Africa, for conducting dredging and sand mining ...

Malay Mail
Togo adopts new legal framework to regulate clean power production, distribution and commercialization  Togo First

Togo has adopted a new legal framework for its clean power sector. This was during the recent council of ministers held last Wednesday. In effect,

Togo First
Togo: FNFI provided more than CFA81 billion worth of loans since its creation, in 2014  Togo First

Since it was established in 2014, the National Fund for Inclusive Finance (FNFI) disbursed CFA80.847 billion worth of loans. In detail, more than.

Togo First
Togo : Total and Brasserie du Bénin were OTR's best taxpayers in 2018  Togo First

In 2018, the leading taxpayers of the Togolese Revenue Office (OTR) were Total's local subsidiary and Brasserie du Bénin (BB). These firms were.

Togo First
Togo's 2018-2022 PND plans to make women 28% of business owners, by 2022  Togo First

Togo aims to have 28% of business owners operating in the country by 2022 to be women, in line with its gender equity promotion strategy. Compared.

Togo First
General Super Eagles await winner between Togo and Benin for CHAN qualifiers 01 Feb 2019, 14  Futaa

Nigeria's national team Super Eagles will await the winner between Togo and Benin Republic after drawing a bye in the qualifiers for next year's Championship ...

Futaa
Togo : ECOWAS audits its epidemiological surveillance centers in Lome  African Daily Voice

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Lome houses since January 16, 2019, a meeting of restitution of the results of a study devoted to the functioning of the epidemiological ...

African Daily Voice
Egyptian group Orascom to expand across sub-Saharan Africa, Togo included  Togo First

Orascom, the group owned by Egyptian business mogul Naguib Sawiris, Africa's richest person according to Forbes, plans to invest in many sub-Saharan.

Togo First
Togo: Government commits to reducing budget deficit to 1.5% in 2019  Togo First

(Togo First) - Lomé committed with the IMF to reduce its budget deficit, grants included, to 1.5%. This was revealed in a letter of intention dated November 20, ...

Togo First
Togo: OTR sets an electronic database for property titles  Togo First

Togo Revenue Authority (OTR) announced it has just established an electronic database for land titles. The move aligns with a set of reforms deployed.

Togo First
UMOA-Titres : Togo seeks CFA20bn via fungible treasury bonds issuance  Togo First

Two weeks after a mitigated first bond issuance on the UMOA securities market, Togo announces for January 25, 2019, a second issuance of fungible.

Togo First
Cizo Project: Kya Energy selected to build five solar academies in Togo  Togo First

Kya Energy, local firm specialized in producing solar-powered generators, will build five solar academies across Togo. The firm recently secured the.

Togo First
Togo : At end-September 2018, 177 land titles had been transferred within a delay of 9-10 days  Togo First

At end-September 2018, 177 land deeds were fully transferred in Togo. This is according to data from the Office of Cadaster, Land Conservation and.

Togo First
Togo: Re-appointed PM forms new cabinet  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 26.01.2019 at 16h21 by APA News. Share. President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo has re-appointed Komi Klassou as Prime Minister, who shortly ...

Journalducameroun.com - English
Togo : Supreme Court to process in the next six months 500 pending cases dating from 1994 to 2010  Togo First

(Togo First) - On Wednesday 23 January, Togo's Supreme Court started processing all its pending cases. The procedure is to use six months to process 500 ...

Togo First
In 2019, Togo could get three new financing worth more than $100M from the IMF  Togo First

This year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could provide Togo three new financing facilities valued at about $35 million each. However,

Togo First
Togo: Be Bold in Addressing Political Crises, Bishops Urge Clergy  AllAfrica.com

The Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) has called on the clergy in the country to be, "Courageous in addressing Togo's political crisis in the light of the Truth."

AllAfrica.com
Togo: BOAD to back banks partnering MIFA with credit lines  Togo First

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has committed to support the Agricultural Incentive Financing Mechanism (MIFA). The news was disclosed by.

Togo First
Togo: Government raises taxes on alcoholic drinks and tobacco products  Togo First

(Togo First) - Togo's government has under the new tax regime, effective since January 1, 2019, raised taxes on some products like alcoholic drinks and tobacco ...

Togo First
Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 expands to Togo  Disrupt Africa

Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 has launched operations in Togo as it begins its expansion drive after securing over US$7 million in funding last year.

Disrupt Africa
Gozem, Total raise awareness, educate drivers in Togo about vehicle maintenance habits  The Eagle Online

Togo, the Togolese affiliate of Total Group, the world's fourth largest publicly-traded Oil and Gas company. By The Eagle Online On Jan 17, 2019. 194 60134.

The Eagle Online
Togo : 44 opposition supporters released  African Daily Voice

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Arrested as part of the protests of the main coalition of the Togolese opposition, 44 people were released, officials said Thursday.

African Daily Voice
‘CSI: Miami’ actor and Rockland native ties the knot  Boston.com

Rockland native Jonathan Togo, of "Mystic River" and Detective Ryan Wolfe on "CSI: Miami," married model and actress Baker Lim in Los Angeles.

Boston.com
Togo: MIFA is now a public limited company  Togo First

(Togo First) - The Mechanism Promoting Agricultural Financing (MIFA) in Togo is now a public limited company. This was revealed February 7, 2019, following a ...

Togo First
Togo: BOAD trains economic actors to new procedures relating to public procurement provision  Togo First

(Togo First) - The West African Development Bank (BOAD) is organizing in Lomé a five-day workshop on new procedures relating to the provision of public ...

Togo First
Closed restaurant reopening with togo only service  Seguin Gazette-Enterprise

Local residents looking to fill their Chinese takeout cravings will not have to wait much longer.

Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
Togo : BOAD and MIFA to soon ink partnership agreements  Togo First

The BOAD and MIFA's coordination team will “in the coming days” sign partnership agreements, sources close to the MIFA indicate. The deals fall in.

Togo First
After Taxi-bikes, Gozem now puts taxi-cars at the disposal of its users  Togo First

In Togo, Gozem users will have access to taxis (cars), in addition to zemidjans (local taxi-bikes). “Gozem is glad to add this new string to its.

Togo First
Opinion: Sylvanus Olympio's assassination two days before he withdrew Togo from the CFA franc zone  Face2Face Africa

Bob Marley once asked in Redemption Song: “How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?” When is enough enough? Africa is a ...

Face2Face Africa
Spanish priest, customs officers die in Burkina attack  Manila Bulletin

A Spanish priest and four customs officers were killed during an attack by alleged jihadists in Burkina Faso, local sources said.

Manila Bulletin
Togo President's Party Wins Majority in Parliament  VOA News

But the party will need support from other legislators to secure a fourth-fifths majority for constitutional change giving President Faure Gnassingbe the chance of ...

VOA News
NERC: Togo, Others Owe Nigeria N37bn for Electricity  THISDAY Newspapers

Chineme Okafor in Abuja Three of Nigeria's international customers who were supplied up to 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity in 2018, are still indebted to the ...

THISDAY Newspapers
Pressure Mounting Against Dynasties in Togo and Gabon  Council on Foreign Relations

The past few months have not been comforting for advocates of dynastic succession in Africa. In Togo and Gabon, favorite sons have become focal points for ...

Council on Foreign Relations
Opposition supporters clash with security forces in Togo  News24

Opposition supporters have clashed with security forces in Togo's capital, Lome, and teargas has been fired in the north, after the government banned protests ...

News24
Why did 14 opposition parties just boycott Togo’s legislative election?  The Washington Post

On New Year's Eve, Togo's Constitutional Court proclaimed the official results of the country's Dec. 20 legislative election. Twelve parties competed — plus 17 ...

The Washington Post
Main Togo opposition coalition boycotts elections  News24

The main opposition coalition in Togo says it will boycott December 20 general elections and call for further protests over what it alleges is "fraudulent" poll.

News24
Togo opposition urges shutdown as election campaign starts  TimesLIVE

Togo's opposition coalition has called for workers across the country to stay at home on Tuesday as campaigning starts for parliamentary elections later this ...

TimesLIVE
Kevin Denkey: Teenage Togo star eyes success as he signs first professional deal  BBC Sport

Nimes' teenage Togo international striker Kevin Denkey hopes to establish himself in France after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.

BBC Sport
Togo's HS Athletes of the Week, 2/8: Christian Quintero & Elyanna Magdaleno  Register Pajaronian

Togo's High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Christian Quintero, Pajaro Valley. Grizzlies' senior point guard powered team to three ...

Register Pajaronian
Visit signals start of Aurora, Togo relationship  Chicago Tribune

A visit to Aurora of a delegation from Togo has kicked off a cultural and educational relationship between the city and the country.

Chicago Tribune
12/14/2018 TOGO New deadly protests in Togo, in the grip of a political crisis  FRANCE 24

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FRANCE 24
Tension soars in Togo ahead of parliamentary election  News24

Togo is set to vote in legislative elections that are being boycotted by the main opposition after a year of political upheaval which saw demonstrators demanding ...

News24
Low voter turnout in Togo after boycott call  Aljazeera.com

Opposition groups boycott election after weeks of protests that killed four people in the capital Lome and other cities.

Aljazeera.com
Hunger strike puts Togo opposition leader in hospital  News24

A Togolese opposition leader who has been on hunger strike for two weeks has been taken to hospital, his associates have said.

News24
WATCH: Togo's barter market... keeping tradition alive and poverty at bay  News24

Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65km east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a lively traditional barter market. Watch this video.

News24
Togo: Spiraling violence and repressive cybersecurity law hit the country ahead of contested parliamentary elections  Amnesty International

Deadly protests violence in Togo hit the country ahead of contested parliamentary elections on 20 December, Amnesty International said today, as it urged the ...

Amnesty International
Hunger strike in Togo over opposition arrests  News24

A former lawmaker in Togo is on hunger strike to call for the release of opposition supporters who were arrested during anti-government demonstrations.

News24
Togo's government stands firm on election date  News24

Togo's government has maintained parliamentary elections will take place later this month, despite an opposition boycott and deadly violence.

News24
A year after big protests, Faure Gnassingbé hangs on in Togo  The Economist

TWO weeks ago sword-wielding soldiers flanked the red carpet as the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) filed into a fancy ...

The Economist
Women in Togo are at the core of development and political change  Equal Times

When a woman succeeds…it's the whole village that succeeds.” With these words, Togolese singer Milly Parkeur addressed girls and boys from villages in Togo ...

Equal Times
Political Crisis Overshadows Parliamentary Election in Togo  Bloomberg

Togo holds parliamentary elections on Thursday in the grip of a yearlong political crisis, with President Faure Gnassingbe's ruling party set to coast to victory due ...

Bloomberg
Togo returns to the streets to stop "unfair" legislative elections  African Arguments

The government seems determined to hold elections on 20 December and extend President Gnassingbé's rule. By any means necessary. The political crisis in ...

African Arguments
Opposition boycotts Togo parliamentary elections ahead of polling  Aljazeera.com

Citing irregularities, a coalition of 14 opposition parties has called for an overhaul of the electoral commission.

Aljazeera.com
Togolese innovators turn the world's junk into robots  BBC News

Togo imports an estimated 500,000 tonnes of e-waste a year, some of it can be a health hazard, but it also inspires local innovators and provides jobs. It looks ...

BBC News
Togo opposition leader in Ghana after hunger strike  News24

A Togolese opposition leader who had been on hunger strike has been evacuated to a hospital in Ghana after his health deteriorated, his relatives say.

News24
Togo imports an estimated 500000 tonnes of e-waste a year  BBC News

The tiny nation of Togo, with one of the largest ports in West Africa, imports an estimated 500000 tonnes of e-waste a year.

BBC News
Togo announces referendum, legislative election dates  Al Jazeera English

Local elections and a constitutional referendum will be held on December 16 while legislative polls are four days later.

Al Jazeera English
Boycotted election in Togo raises fear of violence  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

One Catholic priest fears that recent elections in Togo boycotted by the opposition could have planted the seeds for future violence in the West African country.

Crux: Covering all things Catholic
Togo's legislative poll: counting underway  africanews

The opposition has criticized the ruling party for organizing the legislative elections by a body it claimed is composed solely of representatives in power.

africanews
Togo clashes leave two dead  The East African

Two people died on Monday in Sokode, an opposition stronghold in central Togo, following days of violence between security forces and opposition supporters, ...

The East African
Visit from Togo delegation gets royal scrutiny  Chicago Tribune

Aurora mayor's office defends Togo delegation after a Michigan TV report and social media call into question the visiting king's credentials.

Chicago Tribune
Tension in Togo ahead of parliamentary election  The East African

Togo on Thursday votes in legislative elections that are being boycotted by the main opposition after a year of political upheaval which saw demonstrators ...

The East African
Concern mounts over Togo elections after violence  FRANCE 24

Lome (AFP). International observers on Thursday raised concerns about violence in Togo before elections later this month, which the government has said will ...

FRANCE 24
 

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Togo ( (listen)), officially the Togolese Republic (French: République togolaise), is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. The sovereign state extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé is located. Togo covers 57,000 square kilometres (22,008 square miles), making it one of the smallest countries in Africa, with a population of approximately 7.6 million.From the 11th to the 16th century, various tribes entered the region from all directions. From the 16th century to the 18th century, the coastal region was a major trading center for Europeans to search for slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast". In 1884, Germany declared a region including present-day Togo as a protectorate called Togoland. After World War I, rule over Togo was transferred to France. Togo gained its independence from France in 1960. In 1967, Gnassingbé Eyadéma led a successful military coup d'état after which he became president of an anti-communist, single-party state. Eventually in 1993, Eyadéma faced multiparty elections, which were marred by irregularities, and won the presidency three times. At the time of his death, Eyadéma was the longest-serving leader in modern African history, having been president for 38 years. In 2005, his son Faure Gnassingbé was elected president.Togo is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, whose economy depends highly on agriculture, with a climate that provides good growing seasons. While the official language is French, many other languages are spoken in Togo, particularly those of the Gbe family. The largest religious group in Togo consists of those with indigenous beliefs, and there are significant Christian and Muslim minorities. Togo is a member of the United Nations, African Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, Francophonie, and Economic Community of West African States.