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

  • 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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  • Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

    February 6, 2017
    A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and Livestock ...
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  • Livestock federations mobilize financial resources after Trade Hub workshops

    February 6, 2017
    National livestock federations in Togo and Mali have improved their financial standing—and member services—through membership fees and partner support following Trade Hub workshops, executive members said during a three-day meeting in Lomé, Togo. The Trade Hub organized the January 30-February 1 meeting to share experiences and lessons learned from the 2015 and 2016 workshops on mobilizing ...
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  • Approved visa signals new era of Togolese textile and apparel exports under AGOA

    December 29, 2016
    Last week, Togolese government officials approved Togo’s textile visa—a necessary step for Togo’s textile and apparel industry to begin exporting to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Since February, the Trade Hub has worked with Togolese officials to develop a national textile visa, with additional support from the U.S. Embassy in ...
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  • Togo’s food industry learns firsthand about AGOA benefits and opportunities

    December 12, 2016
    More than 100 representatives of Togo’s food industry—including fruit exporters, farmers’ associations, beverage makers, and members of AWEP (African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program)—attended a Dec. 1 workshop on exporting their products, particularly under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The workshop, hosted in the capital of Lomé, was organized by USAID’s West Africa Trade ...
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  • Guinean officials urged to lift certificate of origin requirement

    December 5, 2016
    Kossi Dahoui, the Trade Hub’s transport export, traveled to Conakry in early November to urge government officials to lift Certificate of Origin requirement for traders of agricultural products, part of the Trade Hub’s ongoing campaign to lift this burdensome obstacle to trade and food security. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for ...
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  • Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

    December 5, 2016
    The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities ...
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  • Togo seeks Trade Hub assistance to develop national AGOA strategy

    November 7, 2016
    Togo’s National African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) Committee has requested the Trade Hub’s assistance to develop a national AGOA export strategy to increase export earnings under the preferential trade agreement. This request follows Hub assistance to help the Committee and Ministry of Commerce to develop a national textile visa in February 2016. During the strategy development ...
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  • Hub’s efforts bear fruit as Certificate of Origin requirement dropped in Togo

    October 17, 2016
    The Trade Hub’s efforts to ease regional agricultural trade received a major boost in mid-October when Togolese authorities issued a circular to make it illegal to ask for a certificate of origin for agricultural commodities at the country’s borders. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for demanding a bribe—violates the ECOWAS Trade ...
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  • With Trade Hub support, RESIMAO continues to build its organizational capacity

    October 10, 2016
    From September 26-30, representatives from ten RESIMAO member countries met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their objective was to ratify RESIMAO’s procedures manual and three-year communications plan, developed in collaboration with the Trade Hub. RESIMAO, the regional market information system organization, collects commodity-related pricing data on a weekly basis from members in 12 West African countries ...
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  • Deal with Coris Bank paves way for $17 million in loans to agro-processors

    September 19, 2016
    Through an agreement signed September 8 with Trade Hub, the regional Coris Bank group—with subsidiaries in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, and soon Benin and Senegal—will award up to $17 million in loans for business expansion of small and medium processors and exporters working in cereals, cashew, shea, and other value chains. The Trade ...
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  • WAGN to new trainers: “You are now our ambassadors!”

    August 24, 2016
    Over the past year, the Trade Hub has collaborated with the West African Grains Network (WAGN) to organize trainings to help traders understand the value of written contracts as a way to build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records that ...
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  • Abidjan hosts fourth Regional Cereals Exchange

    August 3, 2016
    In Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, 115 West African stakeholders (including 39 women) from nine countries participated in the fourth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The July 26-27 event in Abidjan offered a platform for producers and traders to negotiate costs, quantities, quality, ...
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  • Togo government, entrepreneurs take steps to become AGOA-ready

    March 8, 2016
    In early February, Abou Fall, the Trade Hub’s AGOA/Global Value Chains Coordinator, teamed with the Commercial Assistant of the U.S. Embassy in Togo and travelled to Lomé to meet with members of the Togolese National AGOA Committee and Ministry of Commerce to review a drafted textile visa. Togolese government officials met with the Trade Hub in ...
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