Canada - Togo Relations

Canada - Togo Relations

Canada and Togo established diplomatic relations in 1960. Canada has been represented in Togo since 1962 through the High Commission of Canada in Ghana. Since 1978, Togo has been represented in Canada by the Embassy of Togo in Canada.

Common memberships

Togolese students in Canada

  • In 2017, Canada welcomed approximately 480 students from Togo.

Trade and investments

In 2017, two-way merchandise trade was valued at $28.7 million dollars, with exports to Togo worth $14.2 million and imports from Togo worth $14.3 million. Main Canadian exports include cereals, fertilizers, vehicles and vehicle parts. The main import from Togo is phosphate. In 2013, Canada and Togo concluded negotiations on a code-sharing Air Transport Agreement. This type of agreement promotes connectivity between all Canadian regions and the world.

Development and humanitarian assistance

  • In fiscal year 2016 to 2017, Togo benefited from $5.84 million in Canadian official development assistance.
  • The two main Canadian partners involved in Togo are Canadian Crossroads and Lawyers Without Borders, with a main focus on democratic governance and sustainable economic growth.
  • Through its embassy, Canada is also financing local initiatives aimed at eliminating child, early and forced marriages.

Peace and security

Global Affairs Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) and Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP) provide assistance to partner countries to help strengthen their capacity to effectively deal with the threats of transnational crime and terrorism. The CTCBP is currently funding a project implemented by INTERPOL in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in West Africa, including Togo. Togo has also benefited from past regional efforts implemented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Institute for Security Studies that delivered technical training covering airport security, information collection and analysis, and criminal justice. The ACCBP also provides assistance to Togo as part of Canada’s efforts to counter human trafficking and migrant smuggling in West Africa, through partners like the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, INTERPOL and the International Organization for Migration.

Other relevant information

August 2018