Togo is a West African country bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé is located. For much of its history since independence in 1960, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who seized power in a coup in 1967, ruled the West African nation of Togo. Upon his sudden death in 2005, tensions over succession led to unrest and violence. Elections held later that year enabled the former president’s son, Faure Gnassingbe, to gain the presidency, but were denounced as flawed.
In 2006, President Gnassingbe signed an agreement with leading opposition parties to end the political crisis and establish a transitional unity government. The international community deemed legislative elections held in 2007 largely free and fair. President Gnassingbe was re-elected for a second term in 2010, and a third term in 2015.
In 2009, Togo established a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission to investigate political violence and human rights violations that occurred between 1958 and 2005; the commission released a report in 2012 detailing violence linked to elections and successive coups, terrorist attacks, detentions, disappearances, assassinations, and tensions between ethnic communities, led by militias supported by political actors.
Togo’s 2013-2017 Strategy for Boosting Growth and Promoting Employment looks to the future of Togo, focusing on five strategic pillars: (1) Developing sectors with strong growth potential; (2) Strengthening economic infrastructure; (3) Developing human capital, social protection, and employment; (4) Strengthening governance; and (5) Promoting participative, balanced, and sustainable development
||H.E. Faure GNASSINGBE
||H.E. Komi KLASSOU
|Minister of Economy and Finance
||H.E. Sani Yaya
|g7+ Focal Point
||Mr. Madidoma Essobozou AWADE
New Deal Implementation
Togo is an active member of g7+ and has endorsed the New Deal. Togo hosted the g7+’s 3rd Ministerial Meeting in its capital, Lomé, in 2014.