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The Coalition of the 14 reaffirms its determination to protest in streets despite the prohibition of the demonstrationÉcrit par © Afreepress
©AfreePress-(Lomé, le 13 avril 2018)- The coalition of the 14 political parties of the opposition (C14) is organizing demonstrations in the streets on 11, 12 and 14, April, 2018 in Lomé and in many other cities to express dissastifaction about the government, which according to them, « their aspirations are not taken into account ».
The announcement of the protests was made on the 13 April, during a meeting with Togolese and international press. During the press conference leaders of the coalition of the 14 political parties made a report on the meeting held with the facilitator, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
A declaration read by the Secretary General of the Committee for Action and Renewal (CAR), Jean Kissi, the Coalition of the 14 political parties decided to protest against « the acts posed by the government in flagrant violation of the spirit of the dialogue».
These include the process continuation of the unilateral preparation of the elections « despite the commitments made by RPT-UNIR », the systematic ban of the public demonstrations including those organized by the civil society organizations and the unions, the multiplication of measures of harassments and arrests of the leaders of the organizations of the civil society and the ongoing state of siege in te cities of Sokodé, Bafilo et Mango.
The facilitator, said the Coalition, stated in his reply to have received a delegation which expressed the concerns of the President of the Republic of Togo Faure Gnassingbé, regarding the delay in the electoral process and the consequences that it could have on the constitutional deadlines for the organization of the election.
The facilitator said, he pointed out to the governmental delegation the electoral process is one of the key points of the dialogue; besides that, he gave the list of the 60 persons in custody to the Presiedent who promised to work on their release.
It should be noted that the President Nana Akufo-Addo promised to the coalition work on the decision taken by the Coalition to continue the protests despite the ban.
Yao O. Afle
Interview of Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : “The Polyglot Center is a cabinet providing translation and interpreting services in English-French-German-Spanish”Écrit par © Afreepress
©Afreepress-(Lomé, April 03, 2018) -Only some months after its inception, the international cabinet for translation, interpreting and languages "The Polyglot Center" is emerging and spreading thanks to the quality of its services and work.
Read the interview of the Director of this center, Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI.
Afreepress : Morning Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI. Good to have you. As the Managing Director of "The Polyglot Center", please tell us all about your cabinet.
Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : The Polyglot Center is a cabinet providing translation and interpreting services in English-French-German-Spanish. We also train in the same languages. A tangible proof of our translation services is the English articles we offer you on your website in due time for your faithful readers all over the world.
We broaden our domains of expertise as we train in personal growth and leadership as well with a strong focus on Public Speaking. TOEFL is also in the range of expertise. Fear not when you need one of the best voices ever for your commercials or events. We are the right cabinet for you.
Why this center in Togo?
Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : We noticed in the USA that francophones are not represented as such, particularly Togo, in very important summits and initiatives for the youths because of English that becomes a serious barrier. In Washington DC in 2016, president Barack Obama encouraged us and sent us, francophone Alumni as ambassadors to spread English and solve that linguistic barrier. Indeed the needs are there and people and organizations long for good quality training in English particularly.
Do you have some contracts and calls so far from people?
Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : Oh yes, we do! There are even foreigners (some from Niger) who are learning English in our center. Though some people are complaining that we are far away from them, we would like, first of all, to say that our aim is to make English accessible to many a person, especially those in remote areas. Attiégou (where we are) is not full of such centers like ours. It is then a strategic location. Nevertheless, we would like to assure our potential clients that we have some other options for them in case they cannot be in our midst. We can come to you in your offices and houses to train you. In addition to that we are partnering with some ventures in order to get closer to you.
Who can benefit from your services?
Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : Everyone can contact us for our services: workers, students, parents themselves and for their children...
What are your relations (I mean of the cabinet) with the public and private institutions of Togo, your country?
Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : We are in good terms with them. We even worked for FAIEJ (the national funds to support the economic initiatives of young entrepreneurs), the Ministry of development from the grassroots. We are still in contact. Currently we have a contract with a big bank based in Togo.
Any other words to end it up, sir?
Mr Abdoul Rafiou LASSISSI : I would like to thank the other Managing Director of The Polyglot Center, Mr KOUDAYA Ayao for his grand sense of leadership and commitment. He is such an open-minded person!
I also thank the young but very dynamic team of The Polyglot Center. I cannot forget our partners, namely Cloud9 at Agbalepedogan, ChomFactory and all the rest. It will be a crime to neglect Afreepress, a serious partner that sells us to the world. Special thanks to GAAT (the Global Alumni Association of Togo), DECLIC-TOGO and the US Embassy in Togo
To finish with, I thank you dear clients and potential clients.
Contacts: (00228) 90 79 83 32/ 92 40 46 25.
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Good Governance in Togolese Public Enterprises: Executives from three large companies trained by OHADA expertsÉcrit par © Afreepress
©Afreepress-(Lomé, March 8, 2018) - A training session for executives of three Togolese public companies, focusing on regulatory and practical aspects of corporate governance, was concluded on Friday, March 2 in Lomé. Initiated by Togo Invest Corporation Ltd., this training session, said Mrs Cynthia E. GNASSINGBE-ESSONAM, Secretary General of Togo Invest Corporation Ltd., not only helped to build the capacity of these executives, but also provided them with the opportunity to "learn best practices regarding the corporate governance instruments and mechanisms that need to be put in place to create an institutional framework conducive to investment".
The training was provided by two "eminent professors" of Law that are: Professor Abdoulaye SAKHO, Associate of the Law Faculties at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) and member of the Senegalese Institute of Administrators (ISA) and Me Charles MOUMOUNI, Lawyer at ''DS Avocat Canada'' and Professor at the University of Laval (Canada), Co-Chairman of the Pan-African Institute for Economic and Financial Governance (IPAGEF), Vice-President of the International Francophone Agora. It was moderated by Dr Médard BACKIDI, Director of Studies at the ERSUMA (Ecole Régionale Supérieure de la Magistrature) of OHADA.
Specifically, participants have been trained during five (05) days on good governance standards provided by the Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G-20. According to a statement from Togo Invest Corporation Ltd., the participants '' have been trained on (i) the generalities on << corporate governance >>; (ii) stakeholders and the relationship between them; (iii) corporate bodies; (iv) the duties and responsibilities of directors and corporate officers; (v) the governance of public, private and non-profit companies; (vi) the means of control, evaluation and sanction ; (vii) governance as a tool for managing issues, ethics and social responsibility; (viii) governance as a crisis management tool; and (ix) strategic governance and communication plan ".
At the end of this meeting, which started on 26 February, several recommendations were made to ensure good governance of Togolese Public Companies.
The trainers demanded that managers attending this training session, to raise awareness among directors and company managers about the usefulness of corporate governance, and to encourage directors and company managers to build capacity in corporate governance, to draw up governance standards taking into account the ethical dimension (Governance Code), to set up a Togolese Institute for Directors and to bring Law 90-26 of December 4, 1990 on public companies into line with Community legislation on corporate governance.
The companies that sent their managers to this training session are: Togo Invest Corporation Ltd, Togo Oil Company Ltd and the Port Authority of Lomé. This training was conducted by trainers from the Regional Higher School of Magistracy (ERSUMA) of OHADA.
Let's remember that Togo Invest Corporation Ltd is an investment holding company created by the Togolese State to lead the development and implementation of strategic investments by and for the State in order to create wealth for the Togolese economy and its population.
The Polyglot Center, "le pouvoir de la communication à votre portée" (00228 90 79 83 32/ 92 40 46 25.
Meeting between Nana Akufo Addo and the Togo political parties in Accra : Towards the resumption of Togolese dialogÉcrit par © Afreepress
©Afreepress-(Lomé, March 08, 2018)- To the invitation of Ghana President, facilitator in the Togolese crisis, a delegation of the opposition party and the government went to Accra in Ghana on 07 March, 2018. According to Ghana web site information www.graphic.com.gh, discussions between the facilitator and his guests were “fruitful”. At this occasion, reports this newspaper, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, reminded the two parties, the “necessity to keep open the door of the dialog what for him, is highly important”.
“I am not sure that you look for your country to be destabilized and the confrontation what will lead to a prolonged crisis and difficulties to Togo”, he told them and advise them to be moderated in speeches and positions. It is important, he insisted that the parties should not come to the dialog with settled positions, he added.
Nana Akufo Addo regretted, according to the site graphic.com.gh, the long lack of discussions and first contact period between the actors of Togolese crisis, what, he insisted, does not allow the progress of the cause of peace and the fast settlement of the difficult situation Togo has been living for some months.
All the parties that took part in the dialog promised to get engaged in the dialog process and to work for peace and quiet to be back in the country in order to allow economy to take off again.
According to the Minister of Security of Ghana, Albert Kan Dapaah, the parties agreed with the resumption of the discussions to a date that will be set.
AGBOSSOUMONDÉ Képhas, translator (00228 90 39 58 85)
©Afreepress-(Lomé, 07th March 2018)- Lomé is holding in the first two weeks in April (date to be confirmed), the Youth Presidential Forum which is an initiative of "the President of Togo Republic" in order to concretize his will to "put into place a plateforme for exchanges with the youths" as it is meant in a communiqué from the organization committee and reported by the press agency Afreepress.
And from the same communiqué, the chair of the organization committee, Pr Komi Dodji Kokodoko, has confirmed his engagement to organize this important meeting for the youths in the best conditions and make it succeed.
The meeting was chaired by the Director of the cabinet of the Presidency who is Mrs Victoire Tomegah Dogbe. She "called the Togo youths to seize the opportunity to identify and offer the best solutions to their own preoccupations".
A meeting with the press is announced on the coming Thursday. The purpose is introduce the project and its specificity to the population.
Let us recall that as a sign of motivation towards the youths to embrace and engage in business, a presidential decree grants them 20% of public markets available in the country.
Electrification: Takpapièni has got electricity thanks to a photovoltaic power plant inaugurated by the Head of State.Écrit par © Afreepress
©Afreepress-(Lomé, 07th march 2018)- The President of the Republic, Faure Gnassingbé, has on Tuesday 06th March 2018 inaugurated a small new photovoltaic power plant in Oti district (the Savana Region). It was during a solemn ceremony at which lots of the State personalities and cabinet members such as the Minister of Grassroot Development, Mme Victoire Tomégah-Dogbé, that of Mine and Power, M. Marc Ably-Bidamon, the former National Assembly Chairman, Fambaré Wattara Natchaba as well as the administrative and traditional authorities of the region took part.
The new power plant inaugurated by the President has a capacity of 100Kwc and is endowed with a low tension (LT) dispatching network of 8 km equipped with 80 public street lamps and with connection power breaks for the clients.
It is finance to the level of 2 billions cfa.
As for the Minister of Mines and Power the building of this power plant fits the government ambition to raise the rural electrification rate to 40% up to 2022.
The project has been achieved thanks to the financial support of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU). It is within the feamework of the Regional Development and Renewable Powers and of Power Efficiency(RDRPPE).
Komlan AGBOSSOUMONDÉ (Translator)
©Afreepress-(Lomé, March 07, 2018)- BBOXX, a renewable energy and software firm has received $4m in debt financing from Union Togolaise de Banque to provide electricity access to people in Togo and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The deal will help unlock BBOXX and Togolese Government’s ‘Cizo’ initiative which aim to provide access to reliable and sustainable energy such as solar for communities across the country.
Apart from the deal from Union Togolaise de Banque, Africa Guarantee Fund, a firm that helps assists financial institutions increase their financing to African SMEs, provided a 50 per cent pro rata credit enhancement, giving further weight to the deal.
In a statement, Mansoor Hamayun, CEO of BBOXX, said, “The deal with Union Togolaise de Banque will also make financial matters much more straightforward for us and will help drive our expansion across Togo. We are already providing our services and the on-grid experience they bring to customers in Togo and are looking forward to continuing to work in collaboration with the Government through 2018 and beyond.”
New in Togo, BBOXX has operations in Rwanda, Kenya Nigeria and Cameroon in Africa and has so far deployed over 150,000 helping change lives of more than half a million people in 35 countries by giving them access to smart energy for lights, smart phones and home appliances.
In July 2017, BBOXX was awarded a contract by the Togo government to roll out 300,000 solar home systems in the country by 2022 to create more than 1,000 direct jobs in the next five years. The latest funding will help BBOXX and the Togo government to improve access to electricity for people in off-grid communities.
BBOXX aims to bring electricity to more than 2 million citizens by 2022 through pay-as-you options via mobile payments and create jobs in rural areas for Togolese people.
Source : www.techmoran.com
Terrorist attack in Burkina Faso: Faure Gnassingbé and Mamadou Issifou at the places of the attack on March 02Écrit par © Afreepress
©Afreepress-(Lomé, March 06, 2018)- Few days after the attack of Ouagadougou, two ECOWAS Heads of State went to Burkina Faso. They were, Faure Gnassingbé the current ECOWAS Chairman and Mamadou Issifou, the Republic of Niger President.
According to RFI (Radio France Internationale), both Chairman will visit the places of the attack with their host, the Chairman Rock-Mark Christian Kaboré and Sabo Sidikou, G5 Force permanent secretary. An anti-jihadist military force gathering the Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali and Tchad armies.
The 02nd March attack has been claimed by the Islam Support Group and to musleems (GSIM), lead by the Malian Touareg, Iyad Ag Ghali.
For the support of the Islam and musleems (GSIM), asserts to have acted "in response to the death of lots of leaders in a French army air raid in the North of Mali two weeks ago".
Let's remind that ECOWAS with the Togolese President the Chairman of ECOWAS, it gets very implicated in the fight against jihadism on Africa.
AGBOSSOUMONDÉ, Translator (00228 90 39 58 85)
©Afreepress-(Lomé, March 06, 2018)- PES TOGO Firm has been set in Togo since 2007, is celebrating its 10 years of existence. This companie through opening days tries to mark this anniversary on its activities. Days started the last February 24 through a solemn launching ceremony to which lots of gouvernment members after the fashion of the Ministers of the Mines, Abli Bidamon and of Commerce and Private sector Promotion, Bernadette Légzim Balouki and of the Environment and Forest Resourses, André Johnson.
An occasion that the PES TOGO Director General, Souleman Nana took to repeat his attachment to the valuing of renewable powers and to the protection of the environment by reducing of dangerous behavior for environment.
He has besides, praised the advantages of solar and renewable energies, which are today, he mentioned, the "sole powers of substitution after the hydroelectric power".
The first person in charge of PES TOGO Firm granted the opportunity to thank the Togolese authorities who have "allowed him to try this adventure and have success in it".
The company, has at this occasion, presented its products and explained to the public the advantages linked to the use of solar panels and the solutions linked to renewable powers.
AGBOSSOUMONDÉ Képhas, translator (00228 90 39 58 85)
©Afreepress-(Lomé, the 05th, March 2018)- The association called CJD and its partners, namely the University of Lomé (UL), the Togo NGO's Union and the Center for social engineering research (CRISTO) launched this Saturday 3rd March 2018 the project "Do No Harm".
" This project is carried out by the group of civil society organizations in the vein of handling an NGO diplomacy that is to act and build a city of peace" said Mr Orphé Adom, the Vice-President of CJD to the press agency Afreepress.
This project answers to the question pertaining to the role that any civil society organization must play in the city to promote peace and togetherness. This is the main objective of the project "Do No Harm" as the association CJD and its partners said. This answer, continued the leaders of CJD is in the framework of the OSD particularly the number 16 of these Objectives of Sustainable Development. "We want to create a synergy of actions with the key players of the civil society organizations and the institutions that share the same values as we do such as peace and togetherness in order to fight against civic disobedience, violence, vandalism and the rejection of the institutions of the Republic" added Mr Orphé Adom.
A series of sensitisations is planned all over the country. "We want to contribute to a change in comportment and avoid rude and violent languages which destroy when making sociopolitical claims in workplaces, schools, universities and health centers" precised Mr Gabriel Batawila, the Managing Director of CRISTO.
He also invited all the Togolese to adopt the principle of peacemaking that consists of avoiding harming others. It is the foundation of the project named "Act to Build the City (ABC) launched by the same CJD last year" he emphasized on.
The CJD in the framework of this very project would seriously like to motivate Togo authorities in voting a bill to regulate the use of social media in favor of living together in peace.
Were present that day the Vice-President of the University of Lomé, Mr Komlan Batawila, several traditional chiefs and more than 300 managers of civil society organizations.
In a world ruled by different business, ICCC pleads for an authentic Christian life under God’s reign.Écrit par © Afreepress
©Afreepress-(Lomé, January 21st, 2018)- The International Christian Chamber of Commerce of TOGO (ICCC-TOGO) held on Saturday, 20th January, 2018 at « Hotel 2 Février » in Lomé, a public conference on the theme: " The vineyard of my Beloved ". The purpose was for this group to bring Christians in business to realize what is the will of God for them in order to succeed and impact the business world while respecting His principles and values.
This public conference of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce of TOGO (ICCC-TOGO) was an opportunity for participants to share their experiences with others and build partnerships.
The initiative, explained the organizers, comes from the remark that in the business world, Christians are becoming more and more drawn far from God. GOD is supposed to be GOD in all the areas of our lives. The mission of the ICCC is to create the necessary spark and allow participants to truly search for God even as business people.
A hundred christian economic operators and professionals from various sectors of economic activity responded to the call of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce Group of Togo.
Two great communications marked this public meeting: "No one can serve two masters" and "The vineyard of my Beloved". Presentations at which Serge Biramah, president of the ICCC Togo group and the Point Focal of ICCC of TOGO (Stéphanie NABEDE) , emphasized on how the "Christians must love God with all their hearts, with all their souls and with all their strength. "There must be no other gods in our lives besides the Creator of the heavens and the earth," Serge Biramah suggested.
Money, falsehood, established systems of corruption, are the few elements that drive man away from God in favor of other adorations.
Finally, a prophetic prayer was made in favor of Togo, « which is going through a crisis situation that only God can solve », the organizers noted.
The International Christian Chamber of Commerce is a Christian organization founded in 1985. It is represented in more than 80 countries in the world by the national chambers.
©Afreepress-(Lomé, sept. 2, 2017)- The “Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques et Démographiques (INSEED)” has made public and accessible, the document analyzing the economic activity of 2014 entitled "final national accounts of 2014". A document developed with the support of the government and its development partners.
The content of this document was the subject of a seminar at the beginning of last week. A meeting which allowed the detailed results obtained in each sector of activity to be shared and disseminated with the actors of the statistical system, decision-makers, economic operators, civil society and users of statistical data.
It was the representative of the Minister of Planning and Development, Essohanam Edjeou, who officially launched this seminar in the presence of the Director General of INSEED and a representative of the Ambassador of the European Union in Togo.
According to experts, the final national accounts for 2014 show a growth rate of 5.9%. This means that the tertiary sector represents in real terms the largest share of GDP in 2014, with a weight of 47.1%. The informal sector, for its part, contributes to the formation of the GDP to 39.3% against 40.1% in 2013.
The analysis of economic activity indicates that the GDP in 2014 is CFAF 2,259.0 billion compared with 2,134.5 billion in 2013, in nominal terms. In real terms, GDP stands at CFAF 1892.1 billion, an increase of 5.9% compared to its level of 2013. The document also indicates that Togolese economic activity is marked by the continuation of construction work and rehabilitation of basic infrastructure.
In this meeting, the Director General of INSEED, Kokou N'guissan, thanked the government and partners, in particular the European Union for their support in the realization of the final national accounts of Togo, which will be used for needs for macroeconomic analysis and forecasts. To this end, it reiterated its commitment to further develop and publish the final national accounts for 2015, which it said would be available by the end of 2017.
©Afreepress-(Lomé, sept. 2, 2017)- The threats and intimidations of media professionals of late, have been a source of concern for press organizations who gave a joint response statement released on Wednesday. They condemned these threats and call for restraint.
In the statement, the Observatoire Togolais des Médias (OTM), Conseil National des Patrons de Presse (CONAPP), the Union des Journalistes Indépendants du Togo (UJIT), the Union des Radios et Télévisions Libres (URATEL), Syndicat des Journalistes Indépendants du Togo (SYNJIT) said they were "scandalized by the climate of terror that certain individuals try to instill to intimidate journalists and deny them their right to free expression."
These organizations refer to photos and montages of journalists Aimé EKPE, editor of the bi-weekly "L'Equipe Sportive" and president of the OTM, Crédo TETTEH, editor of the weekly "Le Médium", Eli GOKA, journalist-animator at Radio Métropolys and Firmin TÊKO-AGBO, journalist who circulates on social networks. Photomontages accompanied by insults and threats of death or damage to their physical integrity.
The statement reminds the public, the freedom granted by the law of Togo to media professionals to express themselves freely and warns the perpetrators of these "wrongful" acts. "No one has the right, whatever his motives, to attempt unacceptable maneuvers, to undermine this essential pillar of democracy," insists the statement.
OTM, CONAPP, UJIT, URATEL and SYNJIT urge the authorities to do their best to ensure that journalists and other media agents are free to practice their trade and warn threats of prosecution.
A week ago, Joseph Gada, editor of the weekly Economy & Development magazine, was intimidated and threatened for his positions expressed during a broadcast on Kanal FM.
©Afreepress-(Lomé, August, 31, 2017)- The training workshop on the American MCA program was officially launched on Monday, 28th August, 2017, by the Minister of Communication, Guy-Madjé Lorenzo. The objective of the training workshop is to understand the process that led Togo to be elected to the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) program and to achieve the Threshold score in 2016.
The Minister welcomed the initiative and called on journalists to be "excellent partners" of Togo in the process to lead the country to pull the compact program. The contribution of the media and newspaper owners, he said, is "important" in the conduct of this process. He urged the participants to work with the MCA-Togo Unit in order to have more information on the process.
In total, some 60 newspaper owners have followed the communications on the agenda of this meeting, which focus on: "The strategic approach of dialogue between the actors, for a guarantee of the freedom of the press in Togo, "Follow-up of indicators: prioritization, perspectives and actions involving press leaders", "The presentation OF MCC, MCA, eligibility criteria, indicators and scorecard" and "Threshold program formulation process update For Togo ".
It should be recalled that Togo was declared eligible for the Threshold in 2016 and will benefit from more than US $ 33 million for its development projects. The country is working hard to reach the Threshold program very quickly. In order to do so, Togo has embarked on a series of major economic and political reforms which have enabled it to validate 12 indicators out of 20 during last November on the occasion of the publication of the scorecard of 2017.
The meeting was attended by Minister Stanislas Baba, coordinator of the MCA cell in Togo, Aimé Ekpé, President of the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM), co-organizer of the workshop with the MCA cell in Togo.