ECOWAS / ECCAS Summit: “Everything is ready”, According to Minister Robert Dussey

Lome will be in the limelight in a few days. And for good reason, the Togolese capital houses the joint summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and those of ECCAS and the meeting of ECOWAS Heads of State respectively on July 30th and 31st. In an interview given to our colleagues from the Agence Savoir News, the head of the Togolese diplomacy, Prof. Robert Dussey returned mainly to the organization of the ECOWAS / ECCAS summit. The Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Cooperation and Integration insists that everything is ready for this high-level meeting.

Read below the entire interview.

Savoir News: Minister, everything is ready for this great meeting? If not, what are the last settings?

Robert Dussey: Lome, the Togolese capital is historically known to all, to be the crossroads of major international conferences. This year, we hosted about ten sub-regional and international meetings, including those of the ACP-EU, the 79
of the ACP and the 28 of the EU, and those of two important bodies of ECOWAS, namely the Council of Europe. Mediation and Security, and the Council of Foreign Ministers. The President of the Republic Faure Gnassingbé and his government work to ensure a perfect organization of all major meetings that Lome hosts, and to the satisfaction of all Togolese. At the time I am speaking to you, we are totally ready, and on all levels.

Two meetings took place in recent days in Lomé as a prelude to this summit? Can you come back to these two meetings for our readers? And what did the participants discuss?

As elsewhere, all summits of Heads of State and Government are preceded by several preparatory sessions, including those of experts and ministers. This was the case a few days ago, that is to say on July 10, 11, 2018 in Lomé, where experts from ECOWAS and ECCAS discussed peace, security, stability, the fight against against terrorism and violent extremism, the theme that will be at the heart of the unprecedented Summit of Heads of State and Government of the two Community spaces. Of course, the reflection on this theme has made it possible to scrutinize the security situation in the two Community spaces, but also the national strategies for the fight against terrorism, as well as the legal instruments in this area and the final declaration.

Approximately how many Heads of State and Government are expected at this Summit, as Togo has a strong tradition of mobilizing Heads of State for these major meetings .

A small calculation of the member countries of ECOWAS and ECCAS, and you will know it (laughter)! We are expecting about twenty heads of state and government.

An ECOWAS-ECCAS Summit …. What will be the main topics on the menu?

As I said, debates will focus on peace, security, stability, the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. It will be for ECOWAS and ECCAS to have a strong involvement in securing the two spaces, pledge of all growth prospects or development of our nations. END

Interview by Junior AUREL (Savoir News)

Work visit of the Minister of External Relations of Angola to Togo

PRESS RELEASE

LOME, APRIL 19, 2018

1-In the framework of the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation existing between Togo and Angola, an Angolan delegation led by His Excellency Manuel Domingos AUGUSTO, Minister of Foreign Relations, carrying a message from the President of the Republic of Angola to his counterpart in Togo, paid a working visit to Lome, Togo, on 18 and 19 April 2018.

2-During this visit, the Angolan Minister exchanged with his Togolese counterpart, His Excellency Professor Robert DUSSEY, on issues of common bilateral and international interest.

3-Addressing the bilateral issues, the two Ministers welcomed the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation that unite their two countries and pledged to work to strengthen them, particularly in the political, military , safe, economic, technical, social and cultural.

4- The Ministers Manuel Domingos AUGUSTO and Robert DUSSEY reviewed the various legal instruments of cooperation existing between Togo and Angola.

5- With regard to the socio-political situation in Togo, Minister Robert DUSSEY informed his Angolan counterpart of the progress of the political dialogue held under the auspices of the Ghanaian President His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, facilitator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

6- Minister Robert DUSSEY also informed his Angolan counterpart of the encouraging results of the extraordinary ECOWAS summit on the political situation in Guinea-Bissau held in Lomé on April 14, 2018, and took this opportunity to congratulate him on the major role played by the Angolan authorities, particularly within the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

7- The Angolan Minister of Foreign Relations Manuel Domingos AUGUSTO, in turn, warmly congratulated his Togolese counterpart for the efforts that Togo continues to deploy, especially during its current chairmanship of ECOWAS, to maintain peace and security in the subregion, in Africa and in the world.

8. The Angolan Minister also expressed the support of his country for all the decisions taken by the Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS held on 14 April 2018 for the end of the crisis in Guinea Bissau.

9- The two heads of diplomacy have also called for the intensification of trade and economic exchanges leading to shared growth beneficial for the Togolese and Angolan populations. In this regard, they agreed on the need to speed up the process of establishing the Togo-Angola Joint Cooperation Commission and the forthcoming signature of a visa-free agreement for holders of diplomatic passports and service of both States.

10- With regard to international issues, the Togolese and Angolan Ministers reaffirmed their firm will to strengthen the role, capacities, effectiveness and efficiency of ECOWAS and ECCAS with a view to curbing the phenomenon of radicalization and violent extremism on the continent, and stressed the need to address the threat posed by these scourges.

11- The Togolese Minister informed his counterpart that discussions are under way between ECOWAS and ECCAS with a view to the forthcoming meeting in Lomé of a summit meeting on this issue, which is a concern major.

12- The Angolan Minister welcomed the proactive actions and initiatives deployed in the framework of the two regional groups that helped to resolve the crises in their respective community areas and reaffirmed the commitment of his Government to work for the strengthening of peace and security on the continent.

13- During the audience that the Head of State granted him, the Angolan Minister congratulated His Excellency Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, for his commitment , alongside the mediator, His Excellency Professor Alpha Condé, who helped to resolve the crisis in Guinea Bissau.

14- At the end of his visit, His Excellency Manuel Domingos AUGUSTO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Angola, expressed to his counterpart Robert DUSSEY, to the Government and the people of Togo, his warm thanks and deep gratitude for the warm and fraternal welcome that was reserved during his visit.

15- The Angolan Minister invited his Togolese counterpart to pay an official visit to Angola.

16- His Excellency Prof. Robert DUSSEY accepted this invitation with pleasure. The date of this visit will be fixed later through the diplomatic channel.

Working visit of Robert Dussey in Portugal: Press Release

WORK VISIT OF PROF. ROBERT DUSSEY

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, COOPERATION AND AFRICAN INTEGRATION OF THE TOGOLESE REPUBLIC IN LISBON, FROM 20 TO 22 JULY 2017

PRESS RELEASE

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Togolese Republic, His Excellency Prof. Robert Dussey, from 20 to 22 July 2017, paid a working visit to Lisbon, Portugal.

During his visit, Professor Dussey was received in audience by his counterpart from Portugal His Excellency Augusto Santos Silva to discuss issues of common interest to both countries.

The delegations of the two countries led by their Excellencies Santos Silva and Dussey then held a working session to discuss issues related to bilateral relations between Portugal and Togo and, on the other hand, Togo’s international agenda, which has assumed the current chairmanship of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) since June 04 for a twelve-month term.

At the bilateral level, the two sides reviewed the political and economic cooperation between Togo and Portugal. They congratulated themselves on the commercial plan for the opening of an airline between Portugal and Togo. Since the beginning of this week, TAP Portugal has been serving the city of Lome. With regard to political cooperation between the two countries, the two diplomats welcomed the regular exchanges between them and their convergence of views on international issues. On the economic front, Messrs. Santos Silva and Dussey agreed to work towards increased trade and investment promotion between the two countries.

Addressing Togo’s international agenda, the Head of Togolese diplomacy spoke in turn about the priorities of Togo’s presidency of the ECOWAS, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and Togo’s expectations for the 5th EU-Africa Summit to be held in November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Professor Dussey therefore insisted on the wish expressed by the President of the Togolese Republic, His Excellency Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, to make his mandate at the head of ECOWAS a mandate for action. To this end, four main priorities have been defined, namely:

To work towards the effective realization of the free movement of goods and people in the subregional space;
Organize an international conference on peace and the fight against violent extremism in Africa;
Organizing an economic forum between ECOWAS and partners;
Call for the establishment of an effective health system in West Africa.
Finally, Professor Dussey reiterated to his counterpart the holding in Lome of the Africa-Israel Summit from 22 to 26 October 2017 and the 33rd Ministerial Conference of the International Organization of La Francophonie from 24 to 26 November 2017.

His Excellency Santos Silva congratulated his host for Togo’s commitment to the development of Africa in general and to ECOWAS in particular through the concrete and courageous initiatives taken by its highest authorities. He assured him of the support of Portugal for the success of all these commitments. It also reiterated its willingness to implement the necessary efforts to further strengthen cooperation between Togo and Portugal.

 

Done at Lisbon on 21 July 2017

Robert Dussey meets with the US Secretary Rex Tillerson

Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey met in Washington with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He is the first African diplomat to be received by former ExxonMobil CEO named in February by Donald Trump.

During their discussion, the two men discussed the holding of the annual AGOA Forum and the constructive dialogue between Togo and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Lome in August.

It was also discussed the holding of the First Africa-Israel Summit in Lome in October. An event supported by the US administration that intends to create a new axis of cooperation between Africa, Israel and the United States.

Finally, Rex Tillerson conveyed to Robert Dussey a congratulatory message after the election of President Faure Gnassingbe as head of ECOWAS.

Zhang Yesui, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister in Lomé

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui has been on Wednesday for a 48-hour visit to Lome to boost Sino-Togolese friendship and cooperation.

“China and Togo are bound by traditional cooperation and bilateral cooperation is progressing to a tough step.” In 2016 President Faure Gnassingbe made a very successful state visit to China during which Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Faure Gnassingbé exchanged extensively on bilateral cooperation and much consensus was reached, “said the Chinese Vice-Minister.

“The objective of my visit to Togo is precisely to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state to further advance the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries,” said Zhang At the end of a working session with Togo’s Foreign Minister, Robert Dussey.

Robert Dussey described the Sino-Togolese relations as dynamic cooperation. “In this dynamic cooperation you have done so much in Togo that we can not quote everything today,” said the head of Togolese diplomacy.

 

“In terms of health, you have built two hospitals, on the agricultural level there is a technical pilot center at the entrance to Lomé, on the water, hydraulic and sanitation level you have built 200 water wells and on the Education plan, Togo benefits from many scholarships for its citizens who will train in China, “continued Mr. Dussey.

“In the great achievements we have the Presidential Palace, Palace of the National Assembly which is under construction by China, the new terminal building of Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport, all of which are achievements of China, we are We are satisfied in Togo bilaterally of this cooperation that we wish it to continue to be very dynamic and wish in the next few years that we can evolve and move towards the transfer of technologies essential for the follow-up of the work Which you have in Togo, “concluded the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister was also received by Togolese Prime Minister Selom Klassou.

Official visit of Minister Robert Dussey to Zambia: Press Release

Lusaka, on 11 March 2017

PRESS RELEASE

At the invitation of his Zambian counterpart, the Honorable Harry KALABA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Professor Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Republic of Togo, made an official visit from 9th to 11 March 2017 in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. During the visit, the Minister was received by the President of the Republic of Zambia, H.E Mr. Edgar Chagwa LUNGU.

At the end of the hearing, Minister Robert DUSSEY, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Togo HE Mr. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, sent a message to his host of the presidency on the many crises that threaten peace, security, Stability and development of Africa and the world. The head of the Togolese diplomacy has therefore accepted on behalf of the President of the Republic the invitation of the Zambian President addressed to his Togolese counterpart to go to Lusaka for an official visit.

During their working session, in terms of bilateral cooperation, the head of the Togolese diplomacy and his Zambian counterpart welcomed the quality of relations between Zambia and Togo. They also decided the cancellation of the entry visa 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 ( UN) and the African Union (AU).

About the African Union, the Head of Zambian Diplomacy congratulated Togo for the perfect organization of the African Union Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa and confirmed the upcoming signature of the Charter of Lomé by his country.

Following the President of the Republic of Zambia, the Minister of Zambia, Honorable Harry KALABA congratulated Togolese President, HE Mr Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, for his leadership and numerous diplomatic initiatives in the service of Africa. He also indicated that the Republic of Zambia is officially supporting the Africa-Israel Summit in October 2017 in Lomé.

Contact: maeirtgce@yahoo.fr / secretariat.ministre@diplomatie.gouv

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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

The comeback of Togo

Great year for Togolese diplomacy. At the time of the balance sheet, it is recognize that Togo is back on the African and international stage.

The highlight of this comeback has been without doubt the Summit of the African Union on maritime security held in October last in Lome and allowed the adoption of a Charter that should be ratified by a majority of Member States.

But throughout the year 2016 has been marked by a series of events that mark the more important weight of Togolese foreign policy. A pulse by president Faure Gnassingbé.

Include the visit to Lomé of Gerd Muller, the German Minister of Cooperation and development, organization of a political and economic forum with the Germany, the official visit to Berlin of the head of State.

Mr. Gnassingbé also went to China. In the month of August in Israel, it has reaffirmed its commitment to close cooperation with the Jewish State.

Many french officials have also succeeded in the Togolese capital which the Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Togo is also present in major international organizations. His growing influence will enable him to accommodate next year AGOA Forum and the ministerial meeting of the Francophonie.

' Economic development of Togo can be done without a pro-active diplomacy. President Faure Gnassingbé has given priority to the reconstruction of his country before initiating an ambitious foreign policy. The results today are the fruits of this strategy ', explains Robert Dussey, head of diplomacy.

Since his appointment 3 years ago, he has to do twice around the world to go to the meeting of partners of Togo and develop relations with formerly neglected countries.

Togo is now a country that counts in Africa and beyond.

[Interview] Robert Dussey: "Togolese diplomacy is fine".

“Togolese diplomacy is doing fine,” said Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, cooperation and African integration, in an exclusive interview with the News Agency knowledge. Mr. Dussey takes little stock of diplomatic activities in 2016.

SavoirNews: How is today Togolese diplomacy?

Robert Dussey: Togolese diplomacy is fine. You, journalists, you are also witnesses to the “return of Togo on the international stage”. The agenda of this year 2016 finishing, shown so well as you may have noticed yourself…

SavoirNews: After a year of intense activity, up to the balance sheet. A few are the major actions taken by your Department in 2016?

For us, every day, every week and every month counts to meet the challenges of Togolese diplomacy. The vision of the president of the Republic, is to reposition the Togo in the concert of nations, which explains the many actions of Togolese diplomacy, who will visit here in Lomé (3, 4, 5 January 2016) Gerd Muller, German Minister for cooperation and development, to the successful diaspora initiative (January 15, 2016), a first in sub-Saharan Africa ,
through the spring of germano-togolaise cooperation (3, 4, 5 April 2016), an event universally liked by Berlin and Lomé, without forgetting the week of African integration, celebrated with pomp (23 to May 28, 2016), the 3rd edition of the Africa strategic Orientation Committee of the Western Union European (22-24 June 2016), the Africa China USA Consultations for peace (27-July 28, 2016).

This join State visits of president Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBÉ in China (29 to June 2, 2016), in Germany (8 to 3 June 2016), and Israel (7-11 August 2016), Kenya (11-13 December 2016), but also that of Manuel VALLS, former Prime Minister french, in Lomé.

Almanac 2016 Togolese diplomacy, will also hold the top extraordinary African Union on security and maritime security and development in Africa, held from 10 to 15 October last in Lome. Of course, talking about this Summit, is evoke the Lomé Charter, a first in Africa!

SavoirNews: What activity, you most?

As a journalist, and from the outside, you know better than us! Many of these activities are different from the other, and therefore not comparable.

But they illuminate Togo on the international scene and contribute to its repositioning in the concert of nations. So, it’s Togo that comes out again (…) grew up.
SavoirNews: December 7, you have again awarded the best agents of your Department. This is the third time that you ask such an act. On what criteria these agents selected?

As much we do economic diplomacy, a tool at the service of the development of Togo, as we believe that human resources must be of quality, as we believe he had to motivate all personnel to achieve this challenge, where “Award of excellence”.  These agents were judged on several criteria including: the social dimension, the professional dimension and the intellectual dimension.

Of course, these different dimensions or criteria have been rated by an independent jury, supported by the experts from the National for employment (ANPE). This edition of 2016, we therefore award winning 4 people (1 use, 1 Secretary, 1 frame and 1 officer).

SavoirNews: The second edition of the spring of germano-togolaise cooperation will be held beginning April 2017, a subject that you have indeed addressed to Berlin, during your recent visit. What are the innovations?

This initiative ‘spring of germano-togolaise cooperation’ is an expression of the vitality of the diplomatic and economic relations between Berlin and Lomé. The first edition (3, 4, 5 April 2016) was a success for all German and Togolese players.

The second edition which will be held on 3, 4, 5 April 2017, will see the participation of countries in the hinterland (Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso) Togo served from its deep water port (the only one in the Sub West African region).

Togo, which has a long history with the Germany, but also with its partners in the subregion, will give on the occasion of this second edition of the spring of the germano-togolaise cooperation, a strongly cultural cachet, particularly for the Germans and Togolese peoples. Also, partners from the private sector (in variety) will be mobilized to this second edition…

SavoirNews: A last word?

Thank you for your interest in Togo through his diplomacy. Also I would like to acknowledge and thank all the media and our partners who support us in our activities. Finally, I would like to wish you to yourself, to all men and women of the media, to our partners and to all, a happy year of health and success in 2017.

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Interview given to Junior AUREL
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