Capital: Lome; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 4.9%
Key Facts

Full name: Togolese Republic
Population: 6.8 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 56,785 sq km (21,925 sq miles)
Major languages: French (official), local languages
Major religions: Indigenous beliefs, Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 56 years (men), 59 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Cocoa, phosphates, coffee, cotton
GNI per capita: US $490 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .tg
International dialling code: +228


  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Classroom at the rural primary school Ecole Keur Madaro near Thies, Senegal.


    Over the last 15 years, West African governments and the international community have been successful at expanding access to primary schooling and from presently on, a ground-breaking regional learning assessment has revealed that the quality of education has remained elusive. The majority of children surveyed were not acquiring the basic literacy and math skills that are crucial for building human capital in the region.

  • Edoh Kossi Amenounve is chief executive of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières.


    Francophone west Africa’s regional stock exchange, the BRVM, suffers from low turnover and a lack of listings. But its chief executive tells Paul Wallace he is determined to change that and bring about closer ties with Nigeria and Ghana’s stock markets.

  • Free, fair, credible elections in West Africa


     The ECOWAS Commission is irrevocably committed to working for free, equitable and credible elections in Member States with a view to entrenching democracy, good governance and facilitating regional integration and development, the President of the Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has said.

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina


    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • 2013, friendship and cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Togo


    In 2013, friendship and cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Togo grew smoothly. Practical cooperation in various fields made steady evolution.

    Political mutual trust between the two nations went deeper. In March, Togo's President Faure Essozimna Gnassignbe sent a congratulatory message to President Xi Jinping on his election. Speaker of Togo's parliament Abass Bonfoh sent messages of congratulations to NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang and CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng respectively on their new positions. Togo's Minister of National for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Elliott Qhin sent a congratulatory message to Wang Yi on becoming China's foreign minister.

    In September, NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang sent a message of congratulations to Dama Dramani on taking up the post as national parliament speaker. Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of congratulations to Prime Minister Kwesi Séléagodji Ahoomey-Zunu on starting a second term. Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a congratulatory message to Robert Dussey on becoming minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.

  • Outlook for 2015-17


    The country (Togo) is situated in Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Ghana and Benin. It has borders with Benin for 644km, Burkina Faso for 126km and Ghana for 877km.

    The climate is tropical, hot and humid in south and semiarid in the north. Togolese (singular and plural) speak French (official and the language of commerce), Ewe and Mina (the major African languages in the south), Kabye (sometimes spelled Kabiye) and Dagomba (the major African languages in the north).

    Outlook for 2015-17

    GDP grew by an estimated 5.5% in 2014, and is projected to grow by 5.7% in 2015 and 5.9% in 2016, thanks to investment in economic infrastructure and agricultural reforms. The new Scantogo-Mines industrial complex will begin large-scale limestone mining in 2015 to produce clinker and cement locally.