VIENNA, 15 November 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Togo today signed a country cooperation framework agreement.
The Country Programme will focus on developing Togo’s agro-industries, including food processing, investment promotion, SME development and job creation, trade capacity building and environmental management.
This small sub-Saharan economy is heavily dependent on both commercial and subsistence agriculture which provides employment for more than 60 per cent of the labour force. Cocoa coffee and cotton together generate about 30 per cent of export earnings.
The State Secretary in charge of Industry, Assogba Komi Ohoukoh, said the implementation of the country cooperation framework was key to the nation’s ambitious vision of transforming into a middle income country by 2020. He added that Togo was working closely with development partners like UNIDO to achieve this goal.
UNIDO’s interventions are designed to help Togo carry out a competitiveness analysis and set in place implementation strategies, as well as targeted projects for its industrial development. They would also help analyze constraints facing the micro, small and medium businesses and come up with targeted solutions to lift those constraints. UNIDO’s planned interventions are fully aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2014-2018 (UNDAF).
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