Egyptian-Togolese Relations
Monday, January 21, 2019
Egyptian-Togolese Relations

The diplomatic relations between Egypt and Togo started directly after Togo obtained its independence in 1960. Since then an Egyptian Embassy was opened in Lomé. At the end of 2004 Togo nominated its Ambassador to Libya to represent his country in Egypt as a non-resident representation.

Mutual Visits

  • On 10/4/ 2016, President of Togo Faure Gnassingbe visited Egypt. He was received by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The two sides discussed means of enhancing bilateral relations at all fields to achieve the interests of the two countries and the two peoples as well as African and international issues of mutual concern.
  • On 3/4/2016, Ibrahim Mahlab, Assistant to the Egyptian President for national strategic projects visited Togo. During the visit, Mahlab discussed with the Togolese President means of promoting joint cooperation in the fields of maritime transport, civil aviation, health, agriculture, energy, housing and tourism.
  • On 21/2/2016, Prime Minister of Togo visited Egypt to participate in the Africa Investment Forum, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh.
  • In October 2015, Ambassador Mustafa Konya as an envoy from President of Togo visited Egypt to support Egypt's candidacy for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council 2016/2017.
  • In August 2015, President of Togo visited Egypt to participate in the opening of the new Suez Canal project.
  • In April 2014, President of Togo visited Egypt.
  • In February 2013, President of Togo accompanied by high-level delegation that included foreign and agriculture ministers, as well as presidential adviser visited Cairo to participate in the twelfth session of the Islamic Summit Conference.

Memorandums of Understanding

On April 10, 2016, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his Togolese counterpart Fauri Gnassingbe witnessed the signing ceremony of a protocol and four programs for joint cooperation. During the visit of the Togolese president to Egypt the following agreements were signed:

  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of sports.
  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of culture.
  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of TV and Radio.
  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of housing and urban planning.
  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of TV and Radio.
  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of media.
  • Memorandum of understanding in the field of Health between Togo's ministry of Health and 57357 Hospital.

The Joint Committee:

  • The Joint Committee was founded in February 1988.
  • The First Session was held in February 1988, in Cairo.
  • The Second Session was held in January 1991, in Lomé.

Contractual Framework

  • Agreement on Cultural Cooperation signed on 17/03/1964, and an Executive Protocol for the years 1991, 1992 and 1993.
  • Agreement on Trade Cooperation signed on 17/3/1964
  • Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation signed on January 27, 1981.
  • Protocol for military Cooperation signed on 18/04/1981
  • Technical Cooperation Agreement signed with the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa signed on 6/2/1988.
  • Agreement on Maritime Transport signed on 6/2/1988.
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation signed on 26/3/2009.

Technical Cooperation

On 2/9/2015, Egypt sent logistical assistance to Togo in order to assist in the preparation of the African Extraordinary Summit for Maritime Security and Development in Africa. The logistical assistance consisted of 28 computers, 28 printers and two large cameras.

Cultural Relations

10 scholars from Al-Azhar are dispatched to Togo to teach the Arabic language and the Holy Quran in Islamic schools in different provinces of Togo.

Al-Azhar offers two annual scholarships to Togolese students to study at Al-Azhar. It was approved to increase the number of scholarships to five as of the academic year 2011/2012.

The role of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development

  • In November 2007, the Agency (then the Fund of Technical Cooperation with Africa) offered assistance to the Togolese Ministry of Health comprising 29 packages of medical supplies.
  • In December 2007, the Agency offered food assistance comprising 90 tons of rice to overcome the aftermath of the floods, and medical assistance comprising 81 packages of medicine and antibiotics was delivered to the Togolese Ministry of Health.
  • In February 2009, the Agency delivered food assistance to the people of Togo comprising 100 tons of rice and edible oil.

Sources:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Egypt State Information Service