AIPAC 2017: Togo draws the outlines of a new axis of cooperation

AIPAC’s annual conference, The American Israel Public Committee, opened in Washington on Sunday with 16 000 participants from across the country.

US Vice President Mike Pence will speak in the evening. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the Senate, will be in attendance.

All the upper hand of American politics attends this convention and not only. Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Canada’s Stephen Harper made the trip to Washington.

On Sunday afternoon, the Togolese foreign minister spoke to an audience of more than 6,000 enthusiastic people.

Questioned by journalist Frank Sesno (CNN, PBS), he recalled the commitment of his country alongside Israel. Support is manifested, in particular, through courageous initiatives in hostile votes in international organizations such as the United Nations.

Mr. Dussey seized the opportunity of his visit to AIPAC to clarify the objectives of the next Africa-Israel Summit to be held in Lomé from 23 to 27 October 2017.

‘The Togolese president used to say that Africa has problems and that Israel has the solution. The purpose of the Summit is to strengthen the links between Africa and Israel at the political, diplomatic and economic levels. The African continent is in full development and Israel has the solutions to accompany it in the sector of new technologies, education, health, agriculture, to name only these areas, ‘he said Explain.

Questioned by Franck Sesno on the role that the United States could play, Robert Dussey said that the ambition was to set up a new axis of cooperation between Africa, Israel and the United States.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who spoke on Sunday at the AIPAC forum, said the Africa-Israel Summit was an opportunity for the continent to broaden the circle of partners in a vision of shared prosperity.

The AIPAC convention will end on Tuesday.

Strengthening cooperation with Zambia

Foreign Minister Robert Dussey is on a 48-hour official visit to Zambia at the invitation of his counterpart, Harry Kalaba.

There was talk of reinvigorating political and economic cooperation between the two countries.

They also decided to proceed in the near future to the cancellation of visas between Togo and Zambia. The two ministers reaffirmed their firm commitment to combating terrorism and extremism in all their forms and agreed to pool their efforts with other countries and partners such as the United Nations and the African Union.

Harry Kalaba officially confirmed that his country was supporting the holding of the first Africa-Israel Summit in Lome in October and assured of his country’s participation.

This was also confirmed by Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, receiving Friday Robert Dussey. The Zambian leader was also in Israel at the end of February.

The head of the Togolese diplomacy carried a message from Faure Gnassingbe about the many crises that threaten the peace, security, stability and development of Africa and the world.

Mr Lungu invited President Faure Gnassingbé to make an official visit whose date remains to be fixed.




Robert Dussey invites German businessmen to come to Lome in April

During an economic conference organized in Bonn on Friaday by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Foreign Minister of Togo Robert Dussey invited German businessmen to come many in Lomé from next 3rd to 5th April in the occasion of the ‘Spring of cooperation Togo-Germany ‘.

This is the second edition of this year’s Forum with the participation of the countries of the hinterland (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso).

The Bonn Symposium brings together leading personalities, including Günter Nooke, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Personal Representative for Africa, senior officials of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and representatives of the German Union of Catholic Enterprises.

The presence of Robert Dussey at this meeting which will end Saturday illustrates the dominant economic diplomacy wished by President Faure Gnassingbé.

Conseil de l’Entente: approved Programme and Budget for 2017

Foreign Ministers of the States members of Le Conseil de l’Entente (CE) approved Monday in Lome, the project program/2017 of the executive secretariat of the subregional organization, after two days of conclave of experts last week.

Project budget/2017 of the executive secretariat was also adopted and is balanced in recipe and in expenses to 3,369 billion CFA.

The Ministers meeting in Lomé also approved a study on establishing a mechanism of management and conflict mediation. As for the reform of the Regional Training Center for Road maintenance (CERFER) it will be a mission of mobilization of resources for the Bank African Development (Bank ADB) and other partners of the Conseil de l’Entente.

“The results we have reached testify not only the seriousness of the work, but also and above all the excellence of the relations of friendship and cooperation that unite our five States”, welcomed the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Dussey.

“I am convinced that our desire to move forward is manifest, friendship, trust and mutual understanding that drive us are a guarantee for the promotion of cooperation within our space”, he added.

By mutual agreement, Ministers commended the missions of observations sent by Le Conseil de l’Entente in the elections in some Member States in 2016. They agreed to the strengthening of cooperation between States members especially Security.

It should be noted that the head of State Togolese Faure Gnassingbé took the head of the Council of the agreement for a term of 2 years, at the end of its ordinary session held in July in Niamey (Niger). The Togolese president succeeds his nigerien counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou.

As a reminder, the Council of the Entente was created since 1959 for the promotion of peace and development in the Member States 5. The Committee of experts has been in place for 2012 to revitalize the subregional organization. END

Chrystelle MENSAH
Source: SavoirNews

Opening of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Council of the entente

Robert Dussey opened Monday in Lome meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Council of the entente (Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo).

This regional organization chaired by Faure Gnassingbé intends to play a political role but especially economic development.

Indeed, Mr. Dussey recalled that the aim of the Council was to implement 'major projects, under regional vocation which must accelerate the strengthening of cooperation.'

Among the mentioned priorities, electrification, sanitation and the training of experts in road and rail infrastructure.

"We have to establish a true partnership, only way to strengthen between our economies that remain fragile, stressed Mr. Dussey.

He called on Member States to cultivate a climate of peace, security, solidarity and mutual understanding necessary for economic and social development hard

Political dialogue between Togo and the European Union in Lome

This annual meeting, established in accordance with article 8 of the ACP – EU partnership agreement allows to do the update on political developments and cooperation and Exchange on political, economic and social issues.

The 17th session of the political dialogue between the Togolese Government and the European Union opened Monday morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cooperation and African integration. The meeting is co-chaired by Minister Robert Dussey and the head of the delegation of the EU to Togo, Nicolas Berlanga Martinez.

Discussions between the two parties will focus on socio-political issues, including the process of decentralization, trade, investment and regional integration, the passage of Togo before the Council of the human rights of the United Nations as well as on maritime security and terrorist threats.

At the opening, the European Union congratulated Togo for the success of the Summit on maritime security and development in Africa held in October.

Minister Dussey testified on the recognition of Togo to the EU for its support in the Organization of the Summit said.

In addition to Professor Dussey, Ministers Gilbert Bawara, Damehane Yark, Payadowa bloom, Pius Agbetomey and Victoire Tomegah-Dogbé participate in dialogue, on the Togolese side.

For the European Union, have note, outside the presence of Nicolas Berlanga Martinez, the presence of the Ambassador of France in Togo, Marc Fonbaustier, Mr. Stéphane De Loecker of Belgium, Tove Degnbol of Denmark, Giovanni Favilli of Italy, Ron Strikker of Netherlands, Rafael Teck responsible for acting in the Germany business, etc.