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Canada-Togo Relations

Canada and Togo established diplomatic relations in 1960. The Canadian High Commission to Ghana in Accra has been ensuring Canada’s representation in Togo. Since 1978, Togo has been represented in Canada through its Embassy in Ottawa.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Togo are productive but limited. Interaction is concentrated within multilateral institutions such as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and United Nations. Recent high-level visits include:

  • Then-Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon, had a meeting with then-Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo at the XIIth Francophonie Summit in Québec City in October 2008.
  • Mr. Ward Elcock, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Harper on Human Smuggling and Illegal Migration, travelled to Togo in May 2011 and met with then-Prime Minister Houngbo.
  • John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met then-Prime Minister Houngbo in December 2011 while Mr. Houngbo was on a private visit to Canada.

Over the last few years, Togo has been a partner of Canada in the fight against human smuggling and illegal migration. Canada funded the purchase of a Zodiac boat, along with the required training, to improve the Togolese authorities’ capacity to control its maritime space.

Canada–Togo commercial relations remain limited. In 2012, Canada exported $24.8 million worth of merchandise to Togo, mainly in the form of grains, vehicles, mechanical and electronic products and textiles, and imported $665,388, mainly cocoa and vegetables. Canadian companies have shown a growing interest in the service sector, particularly in the areas of capacity building and training.

Canada has no bilateral aid program for Togo. However, Togo benefits from certain regional programs provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a total amount of $5.96 million for 2010-2011. The High Commission in Accra also manages a Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), set at $75,000 for 2010-2011, that benefits the Togolese people directly.

May 2013

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