Didier Reynders receives the Togolese Prime Minister Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu
On Friday, 25 January, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders received the Prime Minister of the Togolese Republic, Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, on his business visit to Brussels.
The two ministers expressed their satisfaction with the positive relations that prevail between Belgium and Togo. The Togolese Prime Minister commented on the socio-political situation in his country, drawing attention to the legislative elections of 24 March 2013.
On the bilateral front, Didier Reynders praised the new project in Togo entitled “Solar Without Borders”, from the Belgian non-profit organisation BISZ. The project was awarded the “Nyrstar Foundation Award” in May 2012, as well as the financial assistance that goes with it. The charitable organisation Nyrstar Foundation supports initiatives in the field of health, the environment, education or social well-being in developing countries. The “Solar Kiosks for Togo” project gives local communities access to electricity and lighting.
In order to reinforce existing trade relations, which mainly pass through the ports of Lomé and Antwerp, and via SN Brussels Airlines, the two ministers also exchanged views on other possibilities in other economic sectors. The Port of Antwerp is Europe’s leading port to the African continent. The Port of Lomé is considered to be Togo’s economic lifeblood, and also serves the vast hinterland formed by countries near to Togo such as Mali, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
Minister Reynders and Prime Minister Ahoomey-Zunu also discussed their international commitments. Togo has a seat on the UN Security Council until the end of 2013. As a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), it is part of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA). Belgium is providing a logistical contribution to the French operation Serval, combatting terrorism in Mali (aerial transport and medical evacuation capacity). Furthermore, Belgium is supporting the implementation of a European Union mission to train armed forces in Mali (EUTM).