TIES WITH THE EURO­PEAN UNION

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Af­ter the freez­ing of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion un­til 2007, re­la­tions be­tween Lomé and Brussels have warmed sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years. To mark this new era, Lomé is host­ing the first Togo-eu Eco­nomic Fo­rum (FETUE) on 13 and 14 June, un­der the theme “Build­ing sus­tain­able and long-last­ing re­la­tions”. In ad­di­tion to strength­en­ing ties with an es­sen­tial par tner, Togo sees this as an op­por tu­nity to raise aware­ness of its 2018 – 2022 National Devel­op­ment Plan (NDP), just a few months af­ter its un­veil­ing, and to high­light its clear de­ter­mi­na­tion to en­gage the pri­vate sec tor as a real en­gine of Togo’s eco­nomic growth. This first fo­rum of its kind is there­fore a per fec t op­por tu­nity for Euro­pean and To­golese com­pa­nies to im­merse them­selves in the fi­nanc­ing op­por tu­ni­ties pro­vided by the EU and its Mem­ber States and to get in­volved in Togo. Above all, on 13 and 14 June, the only busi­ness des­ti­na­tion for Euro­pean in­vestors is Lomé, where prom­i­nent fig­ures such as Mario Pezzini, Di­rec tor of the OECD Devel­op­ment Centre, are also ex­pected.

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