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Canada-Togo Relations

Canada and Togo established diplomatic relations in 1960. The Canadian Embassy to Togo is located in Accra, Ghana. 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 Francophonie and United Nations. Recent high-level visits include:

  • 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 capacity of the Togolese authorities to control the country’s maritime space.

Canada–Togo commercial relations remain limited. Two-way merchandise trade reached $17.9 million in 2013, consisting of $16.3 million in exports to Togo, mainly in the form of cereals, machinery and vehicles parts, and $1.6 million in imports from Togo, mainly vegetables and preserved food. 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 Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) for a total amount of $8.59 million for 2012-2013.

May 2014

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