Germany and Togo: Bilateral relations

24.02.2020 - Article

Togo and Germany enjoy close bilateral relations which historically stretch back to the countries’ shared colonial past (1883-1914). 

After political relations between the two countries cooled in the early 1990s as a result of serious democratic deficits in Togo, relations have improved again following political and economic reforms in recent years. German development cooperation with Togo was resumed in late 2012.

The German Government is supporting the country’s reform process. Togo is seeking to step up cooperation with Germany in all areas and is keen to attract German investment.

Development cooperation

Since 2012, Germany has cooperated with Togo in the following priority areas: decentralisation and good governance, rural development and agriculture, and sustainable economic development with a focus on vocational training and youth employment.

The last intergovernmental negotiations on development cooperation took place in Lomé in March 2019. German development cooperation commitments have amounted to up to 181.4 million euros since cooperation was resumed in 2012.

Additionally, Germany is engaged in regional and global initiatives in areas such as food security, the energy sector (West African Power Pool including the rehabilitation of the Nangbeto hydropower plant), environmental protection and the preservation of biodiversity.

German organisations active in Togo include the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), church-affiliated relief agencies and political foundations.

Overall, economic relations between the two countries are modest. In summer 2019, a Togo-European Union Economic Forum was held in Lomé.

Cultural relations

The Goethe-Institut in Lomé has been active in Togo since 1961. There are a number of partnerships between the University of Lomé and German universities, including Münster University of Applied Sciences, Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences, the University of Bayreuth, the University of Kassel and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


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