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Fact Sheet on Togo
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Fact-Sheet on Togo


1.

Official Name

Republic of Togo

2.

Date of Independence

27 April, 1960

3.

Geographical Location

Mid-West African coast, between latitude 5’N and 11 11’N and longitude 0 E and 2 E; Bordered by Benin to the East, Burkina Faso in the North, Ghana in the West and Atlantic Ocean in the South.

4.

Climate

Tropical, drier in North.

5.

Area

56, 785 sq. kms

6.

Number of regions

Five (Maritime, Plateaux, Centrale, Kara & Savanes)

7.

Capital

Lome

8.

Other major Towns

Sokode, Atakpame and Kara

9.

Population

6.96 million (July 2012 est.)

10.

Time

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) [(-) 5 ½ hours IST]

11.

Ethnic Groups

There are about 40 ethnic groups in Togo; largest groups are the Ewe, Mina and the Kabye.

12.

Religion

Christianity (29%), Islam (20%), Animists (51%).

13.

Literacy rate

60.9%% (2003-est.)

14.

Life expectancy at birth

63.17 years (2012-est.)

15.

Official language

French; Major local dialects – Ewe, Mina, Kabiye and Dagomba

16.

Form of state

Unitary Republic

17.

Legal system

Based on the Napoleonic code and the Constitution of the Fourth Republic promulgated in September 1992.

18.

National legislature

National Assembly, composed of 81  Deputies.

19.

National elections

March 2010 (Presidential); next Presidential election in 2015.

20.

Head of State

President H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbe

21.

Prime Minister

Mr. Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

22.

Name of Foreign/
Finance Commerce/ Industry Ministers

i). Mr. Elliot Ohin, Sr. Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation
ii) Mr. Adji Oteh Ayassor, Minister of Economy & Finance
iii) Mr. Francois Agbeviede Galley, Minister of  Industry, Free Zone and Technological Innovations.

23.

Main Political Parties

Ruling Party - Rally of the Togolese People (RPT); Main (Traditional) Opposition Parties - Union of Forces for Change (UFC) (one section of the UFC party joined Government after the Presidential elections in March, 2010); Action Committee for Renewal (CAR) and African Peoples Democratic Convention (CDPA); Other Parties - Party of Socialist Reforms (PSR), Union of Social Democrats (UDS), Alliance of the Democrats for the Integral Development (ADDI), Rally for the Support of Democracy, and Party for Renewal and Redemption. (The Opposition Party formed formed a coalition with the Republic Front for Change (FRAC) and contested the March 2010 Presidential elections).

24.

Currency

CFA Franc.

25.

Exchange Rate

1 US$ = CFA 499  (Feb 2013.)

26.

GDP (PPP)

US $ 6.899 billion (2012 est)

27.

GDP growth rate

5%  (2012 est)

28.

Consumer Price Inflation

2.8% (2012 est.)

29.

Forex reserves

US$ 678 million (Dec. 2012-est)

30.

Total external debt

US$ 2.01 billion (2008 est); (The debt relief granted by the World Bank, IMF and Paris Club grants in December, 2010 has reduced the external debt to almost nil by end of 2010)

31.

Agricultural Produce

Food crops (yam, manioc, maize, millet, sorghum and rice), Cotton, Livestock, Coffee, Cocoa

32.

Industries and Mining

Main industries - Phosphate mining and production. Others – Textiles, cement production, textiles, brewery, agro-processing (palm oil milling, coffee roasting and cotton ginning)

33.

Total Exports (fob)

US$ 893.8 million (2012 est)

34.

Total Imports (fob)

US$ 1.492 billion (2012 est)

35.

Principal exports

Re-exports, cotton, phosphates, coffee, cocoa.

36.

Principal imports

Petroleum products, capital goods and food
Products.

37.

Main trading Partners

China, U.K., France, Netherlands, India, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin Mali.

38.

Official Website Links

www.republicoftogo.com.fr

39.

Central Bank

Banque centrale des Etate de I’Afrique de I’ouest (BCEAO)

40.

Membership of International Organizations

Togo is member of UN and its specialized agencies, AU, ECOWAS, NEPAD, UEMOA, African Development Bank, NAM and OIC.

February, 2013

 

 

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