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AXIS 1:


Logistics ‘hub of excellence’ and business center: duplication of National Highway No. 1, logistics platform, and/ or conference center.


AXIS 2: Development of agricultural manufacturing and extractive industries processing centers, including development of industrial parks and root vegetable the cassava.


AXIS 3: Social development and inclusion mechanisms to improve the level of human development; better access to basic social services.


The Togo Green electrification strategy: three solar power plants and three hydroelectric power plants.


THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN


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OFQ: Togo has made progress on reducing poverty in recent years. How has this been done and what still needs to be achieved? Do you have any targets to share? STKA: Togo has indeed made progress in recent years due to the social mandate of the Republic’s President SEM Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé. The mandate focuses on key issues with a high impact on vulnerable populations. In terms of food and nutrition, the National Programme for Agricultural Investment and Food Security (PNIASA) has enabled, among other things, a coverage rate of more than 100 percent of national food requirements (cereals, tubers and pulses) and a 0.8 point drop in acute malnutrition from 6.5 percent in 2014 to 5.7 percent in 2017. In the health sector, the infant mortality rate has decreased from 49 deaths per thousand living births in 2014 to 42 in 2018. In education, the net primary school enrolment rate rose from 83.9 percent in 2012 to 93.8 percent in 2017. Regarding employment, between 2011 and 2017 more than 60,000 young


people trained in microenterprise creation and management techniques with 8,771 businesses created and nearly 40,000 sustainable jobs. The drinking water supply rate improved significantly by 10 percentage points between 2011 and 2017 (from 39 percent to 49 percent). And the percentage of the population covered by health insurance has increased significantly in recent years, from 1 percent in 2011 to 8.4 percent in 2017. We will focus on reducing the 6 percent figure of school-age children who still do not have access to school, improving energy accessibility for industries and households, increasing young people’s access to credit and technology to develop viable and sustainable self-employment and entrepreneurship activities, and raising the rate of drinking water supply at the national level to over 68 percent. Access to water, education, health, electricity and road infrastructure are the needs expressed by the population and challenges to be met.


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OFQ: Togo’s economic growth picked up in 2018 to 4.9 percent. To what do you attribute this and what are your growth expectations for the next five years? STKA: 2018 was marked by the beginning of the implementation of the new NDP 2018-2022. This framework strengthens the domestic private sector and encourages investors and lays a solid foundation for sustainable development, which should lead to the country’s modernization. This


Agro-Development Training Institute


will make it possible to improve the employability of young people.


explains the 4.9 percent growth rate recorded during this year and a projected growth rate of 5.1 percent in 2019. The government is intensifying its efforts to maintain this momentum to reach a growth rate of 7.6 percent by 2022, in line with the vision of the Head of State. This growth will be even more inclusive for the benefit of all segments of the population, especially the most vulnerable. Economic growth will be driven by household final consumption and private investment. An effort is being made to keep public investment at an acceptable level, while managing public expenditure efficiently.


OFQ: Where do you expect to see Togo in five years from a development perspective? STKA: Over the next five years, Togo wishes to position itself as a logistics hub of excellence in the sub-region (driven by changes brought about by the implementation and operation phases of the projects aligned with the NDP). This will require us to continue to reduce poverty through social projects such as the improvement of the water supply, the construction of school buildings in rural areas, the construction and rehabilitation of health centers and the development of rural roads. It is imperative to achieve or exceed the


objectives set within the framework of the NDP.


• The above article is an edited version of an interview conducted by email.


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