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©Afreepress-(Lomé, August 22, 2017)- On Sunday, the ruling party, Union pour la République (UNIR), condemned the events that occurred 24 hours earlier in Lomé and other cities in the country, resulting in the deaths of two people and some wounded, as well as many damages.

This, the party said, is primarily a consequence of the attitude of the leaders of the Pan-African National Party (PNP) who, according to UNIR, refused to collaborate with the authorities on the routes to be followed for a “serene unfolding without overflowing demonstrations, in accordance with the norms and customs in the country and in all democratic systems throughout the world ".

UNIR activists say they condemn "acts of incivility, serious violence and physical assaults, particularly the perpetration against the security forces in the exercise of their tasks of maintaining order and security. The party said it was "viscerally attached to fundamental freedoms and, in particular, freedom of association and demonstration". Freedoms which he recommended should "be exercised in a peaceful manner, in accordance with the principles and ideals of the Republic and democracy as enshrined in the Togolese Constitution".

The ruling party promises to continue to work consistently for the consolidation of the process of national reconciliation initiated by the President of the Republic and the government in a spirit of dialogue and consultation. It also calls on the other political parties and Togolese to cultivate the spirit of fraternity and tolerance, and to refrain from any conduct and act prejudicial to peace and security which, in its view, "undermine economic and social progress and unity national "

Finally, the ruling party expressed its "compassion and support" to all people, Togolese and foreigners, who "suffered severely from the harmful effects of the violence and abuse perpetrated by demonstrators."

As a reminder, a demonstration of the PNP, an opposition party turned Saturday, 19th August, in violent clashes between demonstrators and police forces and caused the death of two people, material damage and more than 77 people arrested.

Patricia I.

©Afreepress-(Lomé, Aug. 3, 2017)- The land borders between Togo and Ghana will remain open at all times. This measure was discussed by the two countries at the occasion of the 4th session of the Joint Working Commission, which was held in Accra from 27th to 28th July, 2017.

The decision was enforced on the 31st of July and announced by the minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralisation and Local Authorities, Payadowa Boukpessi. This is a measure that “delights” the Head of State, Faure Gnassingbe, who thanked his “counterpart Nana Akuffo Addo and the members of the joint commission for this responsible decision.”

“I am delighted and I welcome the permanent opening of the land borders between Togo and Ghana from this day”, he had posted on his twitter page. This 24hours opening, he added, is in line with his vision of an “ECOWAS of people, concerned about the free movement of people and goods”.

It should be remembered that the Head of States of Togo is the current President of ECOWAS and he was elected by his peers at Monrovia, Liberia on the 4th of June.

Patricia I.

©Afreepress-(Lomé, Aug. 2nd, 2017)- This decision was enforced by the Togolese and Ghanaian governments because of the good relations between the two countries. The decision was taken to ensure free movement of citizens on both sides and to shoot up or increase trade between Togo and Ghana.

The information was announced by Payadoma Boukpessi, The Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Local Authorities, in his statement. He said that the land border whose opening had a limitation, will now be accessible 24 hours from the 31st of July, in order to ensure the free movement of people and trade between the two countries.

He added that this decision is as a result of the warm relationship between the two countries, since the President of Ghana visited Togo on the 3rd and 4th of May and after the meeting at Accra (The 4th session of Grand-joint Commission Togo-Ghana) which took place on the 25th to 27th July.

Minister Boukpessi concluded by urging all Border user, customs and security personnel to comply exactly with the ECOWAS regulations on the free movement.  

Patricia I.

©Afreepress-(Lomé, le 12 juin 2017)- «Continue in the country behold the enlightening work of the population over the goodness of democracy so that the democratization process started» in the 90s and that «was sometimes interrupted, continue to its end for all Togolese interest».

It is the mission the leading committee of the Comité d’Action pour le Renouveau (CAR) has been conferred by the delegates from the five (05) federation of the central region, Tchaoudjo, Sotouboua, Blitta, Tchamba and the plain of  Mô, gathered in seminar on Saturday at Adjengré in Sotouboua District.

The meeting took place under the supervision of the national President of that party, M. Yawovi AGBOYIBO.

Delegates attending the meeting noted that "there are many economic and social difficulties people face in providing households with drinking water, electrification of localities, health facilities, schools, roads Traffic, access to agricultural inputs, jobs and public contracts depending on whether one is on the edge of the regime or on the side of the proponents of change, "said the communiqué that sanctioned the meeting.

Delegates expressed particular displeasure at the trend of the natives of their locality to "service the regime, to scare the population by poisoning about the alternation of democracy to accept them, that being of the same geographical edge as the leader in they have a vested interest in voting in their favor, "said the statement signed by Me Yawovi Agboyibo.

The party announces a "large" public meeting scheduled for the central region in the coming weeks.

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©Afreepress-(Lomé, June  2017)- The team of Super Eagles of Nigeria beat  this Thursday  June 2017, his counterpart from Togo (3-0) in a friendly match played at the stadium of Saint Leu la Forêt In Paris (France). Facing the Supers Eagles, the Eperviers have not been at their top receiving 3 goals at the first period, works of Musa Ahmed (2nd  and 18th  minutes) Kelechi Iheanacho (28th minute).

At the second half, the Gernot Rohr’s foals, sure of their victory, raise the foot and leave the possession of the ball to the protégés of Claude Le Roy who do not take advantage to reducing the score despite Ihlas Bebou’s multiple infiltrations in the opponent's area.

The next June 4, Togo is facing in Marseille, the Comoros in second friendly match before the Fennecs of Algeria on June 11 in Blida in an official match for the 1st day of qualifications for the African nation’s cup (ANC) Cameroon 2019.

The meeting ended with the score of 3-0 in favor of the Nigerian team.

The list of the Togolese selection aligned facing Nigeria.

Togo: Fatao Alhassani- Djene Dakonam - Franck Mawuena Hakim Ouro-Sama, Kouloun Maklibe - Atakora, Franco Atchou (Nyavedji) Kokou Gazozo (Agbegniadan) -Ihlas Bebou (Sewonou), Fo Doh Laba (Seko), Guillaume Yenoussi (Mlapa ).


Traduit par : Komlan AGBOSSOUMONDE,

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©Afreepress- (Lomé, June 1, 2017) - The new market of Tsévié city welcomed Thursday June 1, 2017, Pyramide Radio FM delegation led by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Germain Wona. This movement is within the framework of the celebration of National Tree Day and the first anniversary of the launch of this radio station.

Mr. Germain Wona was accompanied on this field trip by journalists, technicians and first responsibles for his radio.

In order to print a special stamp on the initiative, administrative and traditional authorities of Tsévié city went to  the new market of the city alongside the visitors. Throughout the operation, they accompanied and helped the delegation from Lomé in the planting of dozens of plants.

" Pyramide FM Radio in its specifications, the protection and preservation of the environment. It is in this sense we organize this reforestation ceremony to make possible concrete and our actions on the
ground. It is also an opportunity for us to accompany and support the government's efforts in the fight against global warming, "said at the end of the operation, Mr. Germain Wona, who did not fail to express its gratitude to  Tsévié Mayor for the "mobilization" of his people for the success of the operation.

This reforestation operation, expalained Pierrot Attiogbé, CEO of Pyramid FM Radio, aims to "fight against desertification." "Our radio is a radio committed to the fight against global warming and the environment protection  and all the actions that can contribute to halting the advance of the desert, we engage in," he informed and to celebrate the success of this initiative, which according to him "comes rigntly to the  efforts being undertaken by the Togolese authorities in the fight against global warming."

The Radio Pyramide initiative did not leave the marble  the authorities  of Tsévié city. Bruno Kossi Loglo, President of the Special Delegation of the city has "heartily" thanked Pyramid FM and its leaders for thinking of  Tsévié in the implementation phase of their project. "I would like from the deepest of my heart to say thank you to  the Radio Pyramide and specifically  to its CEO. We want to make our city, a city of energy and climate, "he entrusted and he is  backed in  this statement by theChief of Tsévié District, Togbui Passah Komlan Agbessi Assito Folly VIII, who promised to work to mobilize his people to take care of the seedlings planted.

Several other activities are on the agenda of the 1st anniversary of the establishment of Pyramide FM Radio, the news agency Afreepress learned from the staff.


Traduit par : Komlan AGBOSSOUMONDE,
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©Afreepress-(Lomé, May 16,  2017)- The coach of the « Eperviers », Claude le Roy made public Monday the list of the players who will dispute the next meeting against the Fennecs of Algeria. A match that is within the framework of the first day of the African Cup of Nations 2019 tournaments and which will be played on June 11th  in Blida.

Before this date, the « Eperviers »  will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria on  June 1st  and the Comoros on  June 4th. These two meetings will take place in Paris.

The former goalkeeper of the national team, Agassa Kossi joined the technical staff as coach of the goalkeepers. For now, it is a test before its confirmation or not to this position, the Togolese Federation of Football (FTF) informs.

See the list of players called









Traduction réalisée par Komlan AGBOOSOUMONDE. Traducteur agréé et assermenté.

©Afreepress-(Lomé, May 15,  2017)- Nigeria's Super Eagles National Team of deaf won Friday in Bamako, the 7th edition of the West African Deaf Football Tournament, by beating in the Final, « The Aigles du Mali ».

Nigeria thus registered its name on the trophy of this competition which took place at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako from May 6 to 12, 2017. The third place went to the Sierra Leone team which eliminated on penalty the Niger in the semi-final.

In addition to the trophy and medals in silver and bronze, the first three teams received respectively envelopes of 2000, 1500 and 1000 US dollars in the presence of the Cabinet Director of the Malian Minister of Sports, Members of the Malian National Assembly , Administrative authorities and companies Directors. They were on the sides of Amuda Y. IBRAHIM, President of the West African Deaf Sports Union (WADSU).

Seven (7) teams took part in this 7th edition of the football tournament of the deaf of West Africa. This includes  Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Sierra Leone. The 8th edition of the competition next year in Niger.

Bamaco, Ferdinand DUBIEN

Traduction réalisée par Komlan AGBOOSOUMONDE. Traducteur agréé et assermenté.

©Afreepress-(Lomé, April-21-2017)- The emergence of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as a ‘think-tank’ for the continent is as old as Adam. The ‘think-tank’ model is an oft misused concept, but at the heart of it, is the intrinsic need to question the orthodoxy and to dissociate with the establishment, using intellect and research enquiry as the main weapon. Indeed, Raul Presbich and Adebayo Adedeji, leaders of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the ECA, had the courage of their conviction and as fearless leaders went forth in ensuring that the design of their vision will lay out a bold plan that will secure regional integration, representing a kernel of hope for the people of Latin America and Africa respectively.

But before we rush to comparisons, let us remind ourselves what the historical context was, especially in Africa. The world was entering into a post crisis era following the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970), and the decolonisation phase, hallmarks of divided world.

Adedeji was nothing less than a prodigy figure – a precociously bright scholar, outstandingly gifted thinker - a man who achieved a lot at an early age.  He studied economics and public administration in prestigious schools such as Harvard and was appointed Minister of Economic Development and National Reconstruction under the administration of General Yakubu Gowon. His ascent to become ECA Executive Secretary, to take on the levers of power, came at time when the world was starkly divided between North and South and this divide created further polarization not only in ideology, but also gave rise to surrogates such as inequality, poverty and unequal terms of trade – battles that Adedeji addressed head-on.  Indeed, likened to the French Jean Monet and his instrumental role in giving birth to the concept of political unity of the European Union and the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), Adedeji’s name is synonymous with Africa’s regional integration. He symbolized the biblical ‘David and Goliath’ story, rejecting the economic orthodoxies of the time that scripted the development formula along neo-classical lines that Africa was supposed to follow, propagated by the World Bank and its sister institution the International Monetary Fund; indeed he opposed the Washington consensus.

Rooted in his belief that self-sufficiency was Africa’s escape from repressive colonial regimes that constrained the region in stale colonial structures of production, his tenure from 1971 - 1992 left an indelible imprint on the organisation’s historical evolution – its ability to promote economic and regional integration; his instrumental role in setting up regional economic communities such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 1975, at the genesis of the 1965 meeting in Lusaka, where the recommendation for a Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa  (COMESA) was first mooted, which led to the establishment of the Preferential Trade Area, subsequently to the establishment of the treaty that was signed in 1981. Adedeji was also instrumental in the setting up of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), in 1983.

By spearheading seminal reports such as the “Revised Framework of Principles for the Implementation of the New International Economic Order” in 1976, it gave ECA one of the first opportunities to challenge the Conventional Bretton Woods institutions and to lay the foundation for historical strategies such as the Monrovia Strategy of 1979 and Lagos Plan of Action 1980. With the finest ECA brains and policy strategists across the continent, Adedeji pushed the boundaries of intellectual theory on economic self-sufficiency and decolonisation to an implementation battleground. Whilst Adedeji’s aspirations for regional integration did not yield much in the way of concrete results – he will be remembered for taking the institution into intellectual prominence and giving it its early ‘think-tank’ status as he sought to belie the contemporary narratives of the Bretton Wood Institutions and took a staunch view against the prevailing narrative that African weak economies can only thrive if they were to become re-structured using Structural Adjustment Policies. But history has proven that Adedeji’s Goliath story was worth fighting for as it proved that the World Bank theories created undue hardship, resulted in a lost decade of failed adjustment policies in Africa and left behind a trail of negative social implications that has left Africa breathless.

Today, more than 26 years later – ECA has been witness to a trail of leaders, not all like Adedeji but many of them fairly united in ensuring that the institution lives up to its mandate of delivering on economic and social development of Africa and its people, with the promise of regional integration, to boot.

The recently arrived news of the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the ECA - Vera Songwe, a Cameroonian national, and a mathematical economist, has left many wondering whether the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, has got the leadership formula right. The argument here is not necessarily an intellectual one – Ms. Songwe appears to have the right intellectual credentials – a pure product of the Bretton Woods Institutions, she was in 2015 a World Bank Country Director and also served as regional director for the International Financing Corporation (IFC) – an affiliate group of the World Bank for West and Central Africa. Hitherto, she was Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania at the World Bank (2012-2015) and amongst her credentials, Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions (2008-2011) and Lead Country Sector Coordinator (2005-2008). The test is whether, at 42, (real or imaginary), Ms Songwe has had sufficient time to grow the relevant political muscle that befits a position of this calibre. Indeed, the four other heads of the regional commissions of the UN seem to have been selected with this prerequisite in mind – political acumen and global diplomacy at the forefront. It does beg the question - why is it that Africa’s fate is being deposited in untested and untried hands? This at a time when one of the continent’s leading representative organizations is still reeling from the mess left behind by inappropriate appointments as Executive Secretary, and the hiatus caused by such departures. For example, how would Ms Songwe address the political impasse that led to the collapse of the joint meeting of the recent AUC and ECA Conference of Ministers held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2017, in which Morocco protested against the illegality of a meeting held with representatives from the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in its midst.

How will Ms. Songwe navigate through these political shenanigans and what solutions can she offer in the face of a defiant Morocco whose strategy has changed from a ceremonial ‘walking off’ to one where it stays in and throughout the meeting, to impose, oblivious to an indignant African delegation persuaded that such trivial geopolitics are ‘much ado about nothing’? 

But as the SG exercises his right to try to achieve gender parity and to usher in youthful exuberance as a counterforce to the prevailing old dogmas, the question is being asked whether Africa’s future in a world of increasing disarray, conflict, youth unemployment, migration, famine and post-Trumpian call for increased protectionism, is being sacrificed as Gutteres plays politics. Is the imposing intellectual edifice that Adedeji sought so hard to build showing increasing signs of decrepitude as its takes on its biggest leadership contest to date? As previous ECA executives sought closer alliance with the African Union Commission as the leading Pan-African organization that it must stand alongside with, it is becoming increasingly clear that Ms. Songwe will have to find a way of ensuring that ECA is not seen as a liability within fractions of the new/old AUC leadership, who are writing their political and organisational manifestos, and eager to remove the saddle that a redundant ECA might come with. Ms. Songwe is making all the right noises about Africa’s development and the need for energy security and sovereignty that can support trade, industrialisation and agricultural productivity – but whilst this call may not fall on deaf ears – it remains to be seen whether she can stand as an equal to pan-African leaders and defend the institution’s policies or development orientations in the same right as seasoned regional leaders. The social intelligence and political savviness that are needed to calm the storm and steer the organization forward will have to be rehearsed, and whilst Ms. Songwe’s reservoir may not be empty – it may struggle to function effectively in the absence of ‘real’ managerial experience that will bolster her intellectual acumen and enable her to lead from within and without.

Gutteres seemed to have listened to other regions or even lone nations when it comes to top executive positions – is Africa being used yet again as an incubatory tool that will rev up the ‘political’ engine of politically untested machines in an era where there are so many sensitive geopolitical wounds that will not bear further experimentation time? Was the UN leadership not tempted to widen the search and identify politically mature leaders or tested managers as they waded through its 70 odd contenders for the position of ECA’s executive secretary? Is Adedeji’s legacy facing the prospect of being ignored as ECA goes through yet another round of reforms and hits more false starts before its gets to address Africa’s pressing needs? Or will Vera Songwe put all the naysayers to shame as she stakes her claim to a place in the history books of pan-African leaders? The world is watching, ECA and Africa are watching and hoping that Gutteres may have a plan B if youth and inexperience are not enough to usher in a buoyant, thriving, fearless ECA – challenging orthodoxy and translating dogmas into pragmatism and realpolitik. It might be a wait and see game – but waiting and seeing is one strategy that Vera Songwe cannot afford to pursue – she has a race to run and she needs all the cards in the deck to challenge the huge odds that she faces and reverse the declines of a once thriving ‘think-tank’ for African progress.


-           Financial Afrik “ Avec Vera Songwe, une une alternance idéologique se profile à la CEA” – Dakar 15th -16th May 2017

-           Jeune Afrique – “La Camerounaise Vera Songwe succède à Carlos Lopes à la tête de la Commission économique pour l’Afrique” – 14 avril 2017


-           Wabitimrew  - Bitimrew Press: “Le Maroc provoque une crise diplomatique à Dakar” – 27 mars 2017.

-           Rosaline Daniel AND Dawn Nagar, Policy Research Seminar Report,  Regional Building and Regional Integration in Africa”, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2014

- Adekeye Adebajo “Two Prophets of Regional Integration: Prebisch and Adedeji’’ – Ch 19.


©Afreepress-(2017-03-12)-The Togo Union Association based in Great Britain represented by M. Jerry Johnson, the President of the Espoir Nouveau Association, a Christian association based in Lomé donated school supplies and Water filers to EPP Kpetchilla, located at 12 km west of Soutouboua on Friday February 17, 2017.

The donation, estimated at 1,036,000f CFA, is composed of reading and mathematics books, flat rulers, compasses, geometric materials, squares, maps of Togo, water filters’s kits for the school and for children’s use and New Testaments.

In addition, the first two high performers of each class of this school received special gifts to encourage them and stimulate the culture of excellence among the students.

For the past 4 years, Togo Union has started supporting schools from poor and remote areas of communities across Togo (Anfoin, Avlime, Attiegou, Adangbe) and this year, Kpetchilla with needed school materials and equipment to help provide more conducive learning environment and equipment for children and teachers. The president of the Espoir Nouveau Association, M. Jerry Johnson, who Represents Togo Union in Togo, declared that TU members expects taht this donation will help improve students’ academic performances over the years and enable teachers to do add better quality to their work.

Specially this year, and as part of AEN’s outreach program, Mr. Johnson did share gifts boxes, New Testaments and short Biblical stories booklets to all children as a way to share the Love of God with these children and their parents.

The spokesman of the beneficiaries M. Gnazou Lètou thanked the generous donor for their gesture and promised that good use will be made of the materials received.

The head of the EPP Kpetchilla, Kpadjao Essolabina and the village chief, Tchalli Kaweta, thanked the donor and hoped that they will not stop at this gesture but do more for the good of the population.

Togo Union is an association of Togolese residing in Great Britain.


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