Working visit to Algeria : Press Release

WORK VISIT OF

PROF. ROBERT DUSSEY,

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AFRICAN INTEGRATION AND TOGOLESE FROM OUTSIDE

IN ALGIERS

September 18 and 19, 2019

1- At the invitation of his counterpart HE Sabri BOUKADOUM, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad of the Togolese Republic, paid an official visit to Algiers on 18-19 September 2019.

2- During this visit, Minister Robert DUSSEY was received in audience by the President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, HE Abdelkader BENSALLAH.

3- He also had a working session with his Algerian counterpart during which the two ministers discussed issues of common interest, including cooperation between the two countries.

4. Minister DUSSEY congratulated the Government and the Algerian people for the responsible and peaceful conduct of the political situation in Algeria and wished for a successful resolution of the political process under way.

5- Referring to the long-standing friendship and cooperation relations between Togo and Algeria, which have been enshrined in several bilateral agreements since 1976, the two Ministers expressed their desire to work closely together for development and deepening of these relationships.

6- To this end, they agreed on the need to update agreements already signed, with a view to better adapting them to the current context and signing new agreements in areas that were not covered by the previous agreements .

7- The two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on the periodic political consultations between the two countries and adopted a roadmap with the priority actions of their bilateral cooperation.

8. They also agreed on the forthcoming signing of several cooperation agreements in the fields of trade, transport, vocational training, higher education, communication and culture.

9- Minister BOUKADOUM also announced the forthcoming opening of a Lomé-Alger direct airline by Air Algérie.

10- Addressing development issues, HE Prof. DUSSEY recalled that Togo has adopted a National Development Plan (PND) in three areas that provides for 65% private financing and wanted the Algerian private sector to take advantage of the business opportunities that are offered in the framework of this Plan, by establishing partnerships with the Togolese private sector.

11- To this end, an Algerian-Togolese Business Council will be created and meetings between Togolese and Algerian businessmen will be organized to identify investment opportunities.

12- The two parties have agreed on the signing of a mutual visa waiver agreement for citizens holding diplomatic or service passports.

13- The Algerian side has also announced the forthcoming opening of a diplomatic branch in Lomé.

14- With a view to further strengthening the relations of cooperation between the two States, the two Ministers agreed on the need to prepare together an upcoming official visit of S.E.M Faure GNASSINGBE to Algeria. The date of this visit will be agreed upon through the diplomatic channel.

Done at Algiers on 19 September 2019