Interview. The rare female head of the African government, Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, confided to the “Horn of Africa” the challenges faced by a country at the Ford Center.
EHer name is Victoire Tomegah Dogbé and she is 61 years old. You may never have heard of her. However, since September 28, 2020, she became the first female head of government in Togo’s history. Togo is a small West African country with 8 million inhabitants. In addition to the many challenges of Faure’s fourth term, he was re-elected in February 2020 by Victor Tomegah Dogbé mission letter-development expert, has been from 2010 to the current minister of the country, and by 2020, the former chief of staff-loaded . On its agenda, how to manage the health crisis and its consequences (especially the economic crisis), accelerate the development of Togo in the Ford Center, and successive socio-political crises have created a huge gap between leaders and leaders. population. All this was carried out under the threat of jihad on the border of the country-especially certain terrorist organizations are pushing their pawns towards the Gulf of Guinea. For these delicate projects, everything shows that Victoire Tomegah (who will receive us at the Prime Minister’s Office in Lome’s OUA city on Thursday next April, naturally knitted a royal blue jacket and black tailored skirt) got To supplement, its representative women. This national of Badougbe, Cape Verde, located in the marine region of Togo, is married and has three children. A 33-member government, including 11 women, holds positions in the military, energy, and mining. . And on April 27, the country just celebrated 61E Independence Day, what do we know about its evolution? Interview.
Africa point: When you took office last September, you said you want to “act in a different way,” and you set a roadmap for each minister to set goals. What does this say to you? What is your view on state management?
Tomegah Dogbé victory: I have some special background because I come from the private sector. Then, I had the opportunity to work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to reorganize missions in several African countries including Congo, Burkina Faso and Benin. I only returned to Togo when I left Togo from the social and political crisis in 2010. The people’s living standards have fallen. The President of the Republic, Faure Gnassingbé, called on me to meet this challenge. The Ministry is dedicated to grassroots development, youth and employment. For me, this is an opportunity to travel to a country I don’t know, because most of my career has been spent abroad. Throughout the country, I met people who only asked for support and escort to participate in activities.
I accept this task not because I am an expert in this area, but because I like challenges. I am very pragmatic by nature and I like to find solutions. This motivated me and strengthened my view of what the mission of the country should be. Today, the situation is full of vitality, and we share common responsibilities with all people who live up to the country’s expectations. This runs counter to people’s thinking.
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How do you instill this new mental state?
My task is to coordinate government actions with foresight and methods. Now we are mobilizing certain measurement and planning tools for the private sector. This is the mission given to me by the President. He has put a lot of energy into these issues and is determined to change his country through reforms. Ultimately it is to be responsible. The challenges are huge, but when you have to take risks to succeed, you have to do it without hesitating to innovate. Within five months, the first result has appeared.
You have suggested that development is the source of all struggles. First of all, what is your view on development?
Two years ago, we passed the National Development Plan, which aims to transform Togo into a structural transformation to create more wealth and employment opportunities. Togo has a special geostrategic position. Our country has a natural openness to the sea and to landlocked countries. We have a very efficient port, thanks to the large amount of investment in recent years. But the global health crisis of Covid-19 has to some extent forced us to rethink the way we operate. The February 2020 elections also marked the arrival of the entire new term, and the president considered a more effective road map. We must redefine our priorities because with Covid-19, we will no longer be able to work as before. The needs of the people have increased, and we must change our pace, especially in the provision of public services. In fact, we must change the paradigm.
What does this mean in African reality, especially in the context of Togo?
You know, extreme poverty will not wait. We are fortunate to have a large number of people involved in construction work in this country. This is an asset and also helps attract investors. By relying on them, we can achieve better results on all basic services, thereby providing resources for the most marginalized.
How to achieve this goal by ensuring fairness, justice and inclusiveness for all Togolese?
Inclusiveness is very important. Because when we succeeded in achieving a certain degree of inclusiveness, we allowed more people to participate in Togo’s economic construction, so we specifically used all the energy of the country. In this regard, President Faure Gnassingbé also paid special attention to this point.
Togo suffers from sensory deficits. Everything happened, as if there were several realities, several narratives, stories moving in the right direction and other stories. How would you explain it?