Togo

GDP (US$) $4.09 billion, 2015
Population, 7.31 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Togo flagTogo’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, which employs a large share of the labor force. Major products include several of the Trade Hub’s target commodities—corn, rice, millet/sorghum, and livestock. Closely integrated into the regional economy, Togo is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and trades extensively with its neighbors, especially Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, and Nigeria.

The Trade Hub is helping inform Togolese exporters about regional and global trade regulations and requirements through support for an AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC) in Lomé that is run by one of our partners—the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo (CCIT). Our trade promotion efforts include partnering with the West African Grains Network (WAGN); the regional agricultural network ROPPA; and the regional NGO Afrique Verte to address cereals export bans. In the livestock sector, we aim to increase the number of high-quality fattened cattle entering West African coastal markets in countries such as Togo. And, through our network of Financial Advisors, the Trade Hub is developing in-country and regional capacity to generate sound, bankable proposals for business investment and loan approvals.

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Togo News

  • Make the most of the next eight years, USTR tells AGOA Forum in Togo

    August 14, 2017
    The African Trade and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has provided a framework for economic engagement between the United States and Africa for 16 years—with full bipartisan support in the U.S.—and Africa should maximize the act’s remaining eight years, the United States Trade Representative told attendees of the 16th AGOA Forum in the West African nation of ...
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  • Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

    August 14, 2017
    An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a ...
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  • New ATRC grantees learn the ropes to promote AGOA advantages

    July 31, 2017
    Coordinators from five African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Trade Resource Centers—Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo—attended a two-day capacity building workshop from July 24-25 in Accra, Ghana. These ATRCs are recent recipients of Trade Hub grants, which they’ll use to organize AGOA promotional activities. These ATRCs join seven other export promotion institutions in ...
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  • Cereals Exchange strengthens business prospects for new and seasoned traders alike

    July 31, 2017
    When Colette Nakpergou gave the closing summary at the Cereals Exchange on behalf of the Togolese delegation, her compatriots let out a loud cheer in agreement: “The most important thing is that we cereals actors have to commit more in regional trade so that we can defeat road harassment not on paper but in real life ...
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  • Restoring cereals supply chains tops agenda at agro-industries forum in Abidjan

    July 18, 2017
    During a July forum in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, West Africa cereals stakeholders discussed business opportunities and supply solutions to the thorny problem of local agro-industries sourcing grains from abroad. As uncovered in an earlier Trade Hub report, agro-industries like breweries and animal feed processors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo buy ...
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  • Cereals associations take Trade Hub lessons in contracting to local workshops in Ghana

    July 12, 2017
    Cascade trainings to promote written contracts for cereals traders continued in central Ghana with a July 3-4 workshop for 47 participants, including 14 women from the Techiman Maize Buyers and Sellers Association. Co-hosted by the country’s Cereal Inter-professional Committee, this second in a series of workshops used lectures in the local language Twi and role playing ...
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  • Stop missing AGOA opportunities, Trade Hub tells Togo ministers and exporters

    July 12, 2017
    In 2015, Togo exported $14,211,000 worth of goods to the U.S. Only about 10 percent—$146,000—were exported under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which waives duties on thousands of goods from eligible African countries. “In the same year, some AGOA-eligible products—including handbags, baskets and vegetables—were not exported under ...
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  • Planning meeting kick starts preparations for 2017 AGOA Forum

    July 4, 2017
    This year’s AGOA Forum, held every year for the past 16 years alternately in the U.S. or Africa, will be held in Lomé, Togo from August 8-10, 2017. The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, represented by Chief of Party Carol Adoum, participated in last week’s planning activities for this highly visible event. The Forum’s planning ...
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  • Getting Benin back on track to export apparel under AGOA

    July 4, 2017
    Benin has been eligible to export its textiles duty-free under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) since January 28, 2004. However, the country has not exported much under the preferential trade agreement, largely due to a nonfunctional AGOA visa system. During a mission in Benin last November, the Trade Hub offered to train apparel ...
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  • Trade Hub conducts packaging and labeling reviews of Togolese firms

    June 27, 2017
    Trade Hub experts, from June 7 to 11, reviewed packaging and export requirements of Togolese firms seeking to expand sales within West Africa and abroad. Drs. Thomas Butterworth and Kenneth Marsh, accompanied by the Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Mr. Jean-Didier Nacoulma, met in Togo with lead firms in the fresh and processed pineapple and mango sectors—including ...
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  • Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

    June 19, 2017
    Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor agencies ...
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  • Regional livestock association learns management and communications tools

    June 12, 2017
    West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services ...
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  • WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

    June 5, 2017
    A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en ...
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  • Togo lays groundwork for exporting opportunities

    April 24, 2017
    With a new national textile visa in the process of submission, Togo is priming to export apparel and textiles duty free under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On April 19, Togolese government officials and female entrepreneurs learned about opportunities and requirements for apparel and other AGOA exports at a workshop organized by ...
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  • ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

    April 4, 2017
    The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update of ...
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