Extracts from the joint press briefing by Louis Michel and Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Togolese Prime Minister, on EU/Togo relations
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 18/09/2008 First transmission: 18/09/2008
A conference of Togo's donors hosted by the European Commission was held on 18th and 19th September 2008 in Brussels, to boost the recovery or Togolese economy after 15 years of suspended cooperation with the country's main donors.
Themes related to political and administrative governance, public enterprise reforms, the macro-economic framework, water, energy, infrastructure, sanitation, health and education were to be discussed at the conference. But primarily, it gave the newly appointed Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Togolese Prime Minister and former Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a chance of presenting the new governmental programme and of showing strong determination to bring the country back to normal and full cooperation with international partners.
Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Togolese Prime Minister, gave a joint press statement at the occasion of the conference. Louis Michel told journalists that Togo is becoming a political success story. Therefore it is important that they could bring in quickly heavy financial means to show the population it was right to believe in democracy.
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||Exterior view of the Charlemagne building.
||Interior view outside the conference room.
||Arrival of Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Gilbert Houngbo, Togolese Prime Minister, at the joint press briefing.
||Louis Michel saying (in FRENCH) that for having been actor and witness of the whole process of democratisation and reconciliation in Togo, he is pleased to say that Togo has made substantial progress. It was difficult to think that progress could be made but this is a country which has implemented the 22 objectives fixed by the European Commission and by the European Union to allow the cooperation process to restart. Reconciliation is continuing. This new government is inclusive and aims to associate all political forces. This country is becoming a political success story. But they are aware also of the fragility of this country and its economic situation as well as cataclysms which have affected him recently. It is therefore important that they could bring quickly and heavily financial means to show the population it was right to believe in democracy and to turn its back to the past.
||Gilbert Houngbo saying (in FRENCH) that strategically they want to leave on Friday with a firm commitment and a common will of all their partners in favour of relaunching the cooperation in order to support them in this phase of getting out of fragility. They are very much determined to move forward in several directions, notably in the short-term with the reestablishment of basic social services, and at the same time with the continuation of structural political, economic and financial reforms for the sustainability of their development.
||Louis Michel saying (in FRENCH) that it is fundamental that, in this region of Africa which is a highly sensitive zone, a country demonstrates that it can win in favour of democracy, pacification, economic re-launch and social prosperity.
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