Working visit to France: Robert DUSSEY meets Jean-Yves LE DRIAN


1- S.E. Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad made a working visit to France, from 23 to 24 July 2019, at the invitation of HE Mr. Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Europe and foreign affairs of the French Republic.

2- During their meeting, the two Ministers exchanged views on issues of common interest related to bilateral cooperation and collaboration on regional and multilateral issues.

3- Referring to the bilateral issues, the two personalities welcomed the excellent quality of the historic relations of friendship and cooperation between France and Togo and reaffirmed their willingness to continue working closely together for the strengthening and development of these relationships.

4- The Minister DUSSEY did not fail to express the strong thanks of the Togolese Government for the multifaceted support that France brings to it in its drive towards development, notably through the actions of the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Cultural Action Service, particularly in the field of water, sanitation, education, research, energy and culture.

5- Examining development issues, Minister Dussey declined the main axes of the National Development Plan (PND) and the opportunities it presents for the French private sector, already very present in Togo through twenty companies, and whose investments and expertise are highly anticipated.

France is one of Togo’s top trading partners and the Togolese Minister has called for the strengthening of these ties through a greater partnership between the private sectors of the two countries.

6- On the security front, the Minister praised France’s support in the training and preparation of the Togolese armed forces for missions abroad in the framework of peacekeeping operations as well as cooperation in the field of security. external operational information.

7- At the political level, the Minister LE DRIAN congratulated Togo for the considerable progress that it has made in recent months by carrying out the constitutional and institutional reforms and organizing in a peaceful and consensual manner, the legislative elections of December 20th, 2018 and the premises of June 30, 2019.

In this respect, Professor DUSSEY has asked for the support and accompaniment of French cities, which already have proven experience, to young Togolese communes who are starting a new apprenticeship in decentralization and management of local communities.
He also took the opportunity to reassure his counterpart of the inclusive preparation of the 2020 presidential elections.

8- Speaking of regional issues, the two Ministers expressed concern about the resurgence of acts of terrorism, radicalization, violent extremism and maritime piracy on the continent and particularly in West Africa.

9- In this regard, the Togolese Minister congratulated his French counterpart for his support to the West African States in their response to terrorism and violent extremism, through the Serval and Barkhane operations and the support at G5 Sahel.

He noted, however, that the military response alone can not suffice and recalled the importance of preventive diplomacy, which requires governments to assume their roles and take the responsibility to protect their citizens, to make efforts to move closer to grassroots communities, to anticipate socio-political crises, to know how to stay at an equal distance from religious denominations while respecting the principle of secularism while playing their role of sovereign regulator.

10. Concerning multilateral issues, the two Ministers expressed their concern over the repeated attacks against multilateralism in recent years.

11- They agreed to strengthen their collaboration in international fora, coordinating their positions, not only for a better defense of their common interests, but also for the preservation of international peace and security.
The Heads of French and Togolese diplomacy also welcomed the positive development of the ongoing negotiations for a new ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.
They also reaffirmed their common desire to support all initiatives and take the most appropriate measures in the fight against global warming.

12- At the end of his stay, the Head of Togolese diplomacy expressed to his French counterpart his heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the quality of the reception he received and his delegation.

Done at Paris, July 24, 2019

Official visit to Brazil: Press Release

1- At the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil, HE Ernesto ARAUJO, HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY , Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad , made an official visit to Brasilia on 17 and 18 June 2019.

2- During this visit, the two Ministers exchanged views on issues of common bilateral, regional and multilateral interest.

3- Addressing bilateral issues, Ministers ARAUJO and DUSSEY welcomed the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation that have united the two countries since 1972 and reaffirmed their willingness to work closely together for the deepening and the development of these relationships.

4- Referring to the agreement establishing the Joint Commission for Cooperation between the Government of the Togolese Republic and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil, signed on 18 August 1988 in Brasilia, the two Ministers undertook to organize in the future the first session of the latter, with a view to strengthening their collaboration in the political, economic, security, scientific, cultural and technical fields.

5- They also agreed on the forthcoming signing of several agreements including a memorandum of understanding between the Rio Branco Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Togolese Republic on cooperation in the field of diplomat training, an agreement in the field of air service and a framework agreement for cooperation in the field of security and defense.

6- Examining development issues, Minister DUSSEY announced that Togo has recently adopted a National Development Plan articulated around three axes concerning the establishment of a logistics hub of excellence and a development center. first-rate business in the West African sub-region, the development of agricultural processing, manufacturing and extractive industries poles and the consolidation of social development and strengthening of the mechanisms of inclusion.

7- In this regard, he invited the Brazilian side to support Togo in the implementation of this plan, through the mobilization of investments.

8- Also, the two Ministers agreed on the forthcoming organization in Brazil of a Togo-Brazil Economic Forum to be attended by the Head of State HE Mr. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE , President of the Togolese Republic.

9- Welcoming the cotton4 + initiative that has helped to strengthen the technical capacity of Togolese cotton farmers by Brazilian experts, Minister DUSSEY expressed the desire of the Togolese side to see this experience extend to other sectors, including coffee, cassava, cashew and cattle breeding.

10- Furthermore, the Togolese Minister took note of the Brazilian offer to assist African countries in controlling their borders, training pilots and sailors and expressed the willingness of the Togolese side to benefit of this offer.

11- Noting the need to strengthen cooperation between the private sectors of the two countries, the two Ministers pledged to work together for the organization of exchange and prospection visits for economic operators from Togo and Brazil and their participation. major meetings organized in one or the other party in the economic and related fields.

12- In this regard, the Togolese and Brazilian Ministers invited the chambers of commerce and other professional associations of businessmen of both countries to sign partnership agreements.

13- Speaking of regional issues, the two Ministers referred to the resurgence of acts of terrorism, radicalization, violent extremism and maritime piracy on the continent and particularly in West Africa.

14- In this regard, the Togolese Minister congratulated his counterpart for the Brazilian initiative to develop a joint strategy with West Africa on security in the South Atlantic and agreed with him on the forthcoming organization in Lomé of a high level meeting on security issues between West Africa and Brazil.

15. With regard to multilateral issues, the two Ministers stressed the importance of strengthening their collaboration within the framework of International Organizations, in particular by giving each other mutual support in the event of their candidacy for a position within the Organization. a given organization.

16- In this regard, the Togolese Minister informed his counterpart of Togo’s support for the candidacy of the Federative Republic of Brazil for the position of non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2022-2023.

17- In the margins of this interview, Prof. Robert DUSSEY led a conference on “Violent Extremism and Security Challenges in West Africa: What Role for Preventive Diplomacy? At the Rio Branco Institute of Brazil.

18- In his presentation, Minister Dussey, after recalling that extremist groups want to make West Africa a multi-hazard society, has demonstrated the limits of security and military response to the threat and listed some solutions based on preventive diplomacy to stem the evil.

19- In this regard, he recalled that preventive diplomacy requires governments to assume their roles and take the responsibility to protect their citizens, to make efforts to get closer to citizens and communities, to anticipate socio-political crises, to be able to stay at an equal distance from communities and religious denominations while respecting the principle of secularism while playing their role of sovereign regulator.

20- In addition, Minister DUSSEY was received in audience by Mr. Wilson WITZEL, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Cooperation issues were at the center of their discussions.

21- In the framework of the execution of the axis 1 of the PND, the Minister DUSSEY and the governor WITZEL agreed the signature of the agreements of cooperation between the Togolese government and the State of Rio de Janeiro in the fields of trade , tourism and financial activities. An agreement between Lomé and Rio de Janeiro and another between the chambers of commerce of Togo and the State of Rio de Janeiro are also planned.

22- He finally exchanged with the leaders of the Afro-Brazilian communities and the Togolese diaspora in Brazil that he invited to take part in the Economic Forum of the African diaspora planned in Lomé on 28 and 29 November 2019.

23- At the end of this visit, the DUSSEY expressed to the Minister ARAUJO, to the Government and to the Brazilian people, its warm thanks for the quality of the hospitality and hospitality reserved for him and his delegation during their visit. stay in Brazil and invited his counterpart to visit the Togolese Republic.

24- HE Mr. Ernesto ARAUJO accepted this invitation, the terms of which will be agreed through diplomatic channels.

Done at Brasilia on June 18, 2019

Robert Dussey represents the head of state in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rohani, re-elected with 57 percent of the vote (more than 23 million votes in his favor) in the presidential election on May 19, received on Thursday the blessing of Ayatollah Khamenei the ‘Supreme Leader’.

The investiture ceremony took place in the Husseiniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran.

Mr. Rohani was sworn in at the end of the day at a ceremony in which Iran invited foreign leaders.

Togo was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey.

The latter was received this morning by his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. He was carrying a congratulatory message from President Faure Gnassingbe to Hassan Rohani for his re-election.

The letter also highlights the quality of relations between Lomé and Tehran.

The investiture ceremony took place at the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

The seventh Iranian president is expected to shortly present his government whose ministers must secure the confidence of Parliament.

Working visit of Robert Dussey in Portugal: 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

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Interview between the Secretary of the United Nations and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Togo


His Excellency Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration, was received in audience in New York on 1 March 2017 by His Excellency Antonio GUTERRES , Secretary-General of the United Nations.

First of all, Minister DUSSEY, on the occasion of their first official meeting, on behalf of the Head of State, His Excellency Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE , congratulated Mr. GUTERRES on his brilliant election to the post General of the United Nations, and to commend the leadership and commitment he has shown to bring a new dynamic to the United Nations system in addressing the many challenges facing the world, particularly those facing Africa.

During their meeting, the two personalities discussed various issues of international interest, such as international peace and security, maritime safety and security and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. 2030, including other current issues.

Addressing the issue of international peace and security, the Secretary-General expressed his determination to address the security challenges associated with armed conflict and terrorist acts and welcomed the active participation of Togo in various international initiatives , As one of the main contributors of troops to peacekeeping operations. In this regard, the Minister announced the Government’s decision to increase the number of Togolese soldiers in peacekeeping operations and reiterated Togo’s resolute commitment to support action to ensure a safer and more energetic world. peace. Mr. GUTERRES and Minister DUSSEY concluded their exchanges on this issue by expressing their deep concern about the security and humanitarian situation prevailing in South Sudan, Libya, the Central African Republic, the DRC, northern Mali, Burkina Faso , Syria, Yemen and other regions.

On the question of maritime security and safety, the Secretary-General welcomed the holding of the African Union Summit in Lome in October 2016, which resulted in the adoption of the Charter on Security and Safety Maritime security and development in Africa. Minister DUSSEY welcomed the support of the United Nations for this initiative and requested the assistance of the Secretary-General in order to speed up the process of appropriation of the Charter by the United Nations as an international legal instrument Which contributes to making the ocean a factor of economic development. He also welcomed the United Nations initiative to organize a high-level conference on oceans in New York in June and assured the interest of the Government of Togo in this meeting.

With regard to the implementation of the SDGs, they welcomed the September 2015 adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 as a comprehensive, ambitious and multidimensional program. The teacher. DUSSEY took this opportunity to express the satisfaction of the Government of Togo on the excellent relations of cooperation and partnership that so happily exist between Togo and the United Nations system in the process of implementing this program, while welcoming the Togo was selected as one of the two pilot countries in the SDG implementation process through, inter alia, the National Sustainable Development Plan (PNDD) and the Community Development Emergency Program (PUDC).

In this regard, the Secretary-General congratulated Togo on being one of 22 voluntary countries to present their national report on the implementation of the MDGs in 2016 during the High-Level Inaugural Policy Forum on Sustainable Development As well as its commitment to the same exercise during this year’s Forum to share experiences with other states.

Finally, the two Senior Officials pledged to continue consultations in order to ensure the continued support of the United Nations to the various projects initiated by the Government of Togo with a view to eradicating poverty in all its forms and accelerating economic and Inclusive development in order to leave no one behind.
At the end of the meeting, DUSSEY invited GUTERRES to make an official visit to Togo as soon as his agenda allows.

Robert Dussey among the 100 Africans of the year 2016

Three Togolese personalities are part of the African 100 of the year published by New African.

First, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dusey. ‘It aims to give Togolese diplomacy a new lease of life through a more active participation of its country in the life of subregional and continental organizations in Africa.

Then, Awa Nana Daboya, the President of the Office of the High Commissioner for Reconciliation and Strengthening National Unity.

A magistrate of proven talent, trained both in Cameroon, France and the United States, she is known to the general public only by remembering her duties as president of the Electoral Commission during the 1998 presidential election, writes newspaper.

Last distinguished Togolese, Paul Apévon, the leader of the Democratic Forces for the Republic (FDR).

A practicing Christian, prompt to make pragmatic political concessions, this elected deputy in South Togo wants to embody, via the FDR, the change of the political class to which the Togolese people are calling, underlines New African.

This gallery of portraits draws a plural reality of a Togo in motion.

New African (english version) March 2017