analysis. During this official visit, no archives were forgotten: the security of the Sahel, the signing of economic projects, agreements and partnerships.
C’This is the first official visit of the French President since the election of Emmanuel Vanan.Togolese President Ful NassimbeAt the invitation of the French President, El Salvador completed a three-day official visit from April 7th to 9th, focusing on strengthening bilateral partnership and cooperation for security and stability in the Sahel. His last official visit to Paris dates back to 2013, under the auspices of François Hollande. Since then, Faure has been re-elected until the 4th of 2020.E The task of the head of Togo. He has been leading this country since 2005. The highlight of this visit was lunch with Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on April 9.The President of Togo has On this occasion, he reiterated his country’s “comprehensive commitment” to restore security in the Sahel. “Regarding the regional situation and violence in the Sahel region, I expressed to President Macron my full commitment to contribute to the restoration of peace and security in the entire subregion, especially recalling the 1,100 Togolese troops in the Minusma area.” , The President of the United Nations Togo issued a statement stating that the Mali Mission announced the establishment of Faure Nassimbe. As far as France is concerned, France is deploying a counter-terrorism force composed of more than 5,000 people in the region, the famous Balkan force.
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In addition to its important contribution to the negative sign, Togo has spared no effort to support Mali’s transitional diplomatic efforts. In Lomé, 2E Mali’s transitional monitoring and support group meeting and election road map. The country is particularly active in the security struggle in the Sahel. It is also a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) and participated in the Accra Initiative*.
At home, Togo has taken measures to prevent the danger of terrorism. Therefore, he prefers prevention and anticipation. A close friend of the President of Togo said: “Major efforts need to be made to provide basic services to the people and avoid the vulnerability of young people, especially with regard to vulnerabilities related to jihadist extremists.” Therefore, the Ministry was established in 2019. The International Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violent Extremism (CIPLEV) has been broken down into local committees. These local committees bring together traditional leaders, mayors, local authorities, and civil society to anticipate difficulties, especially in dangerous areas, and to better determine the needs of local residents, especially the needs of access to basic services .
Therefore, the purpose of this visit to France is to strengthen the relations and cooperation between the two countries in terms of security and combating jihad in the Sahel. Since the fight against extremism and violence also involves access to basic services, it seems appropriate to strengthen bilateral cooperation, especially in infrastructure (water, electricity).
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On the occasion of this official visit, about twenty meetings were organized. “Discussions focused on iconic projects in Togo, such as energy, power network expansion, digitalization and agriculture with great potential,” explained Gilbert Bawara, Minister of Public Services, Labor and Administrative Reform Say. The President of Togo met several leaders of the French group in the fields of energy (VinciÉnergie), water, digital technology and infrastructure (Sogea Satom). He received representatives of Nicolas Dufourcq, President of the French Investment Council for Africa (CIAN) and the Public Investment Bank (BPI). At the same time, a delegation led by Togolese Minister of Economy and Finance Sani Yaya was composed of French Vice President Fabrice Le Saché and French President Momar Nguer (Momar Nguer). ) Hosted the French Entrepreneur Movement (Medef). The African Committee of the French Employers’ Organization. Finally, the Chairman of the House of Lords Gérard Larcher also received the Togolese head of state in the Senate and met with the French Minister of European and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (Jean-Yves Le Drian) .
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In the energy sector, two agreements have been reached. The first one, currently being finalized, involves the deployment of solar street lights from Sunna Design. The second agreement is the 40 million euro loan agreement of the French Urban Development Agency (AFD), and two 15 million euro grants, one of which is from the KfW Bank and the other from the European Union, to expand and strengthen the urban center Power grid to provide funding. It is expected to be signed soon.
The purpose of this funding is to electrify 53 urban centers in Togo within the framework of the PERECUT project. The project is in the fundraising stage and aims to provide electricity to more than 100,000 households or 500,000 people. “In Togo, the fight against energy poverty is a priority development lever for the government. AFD Group is proud to provide services to the people and economic participants. As part of the European effort, the PERECUT project is a revival in the European Union and Germany. Designed under the co-financing of the Credit Bank, it will help reduce territorial imbalances by extending the grid to more than 50 urban centers, especially in the northern part of the country, while promoting fewer transmitted energy vectors.
AFD CEO Rémy Rioux explained that this dual environmental and social habit is a very concrete proof of AFD’s “100% social connection” and “100% Paris Agreement” commitments. By supplying electricity to the city center, the project will reduce the use of generators by economic operators and replace households with kerosene lamps, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions.2 pcs. This is the second European multi-party joint financing (AFD/KfW/EU) project in the Togolese power sector following the Perel project. This project is currently being deployed for the Lomé grid expansion project.
Finally, a cooperation agreement was signed with a French professional technology company to implement the “common talent” program, which aims to mobilize the skills of the diaspora to support digital careers.