Embassy Organizes Togo’s First Conference on Open Data

The first-ever high-level conference on Open Data in Togo took place Nov. 30 in Lomé. It was organized by the US Embassy, ​​the United Nations Development Program, the European Union and the Minodoo technology collective, in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy. The aim was to promote greater awareness of the potential of Open ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour’s Remarks at the Opening of the Open Data Conference 

Ambassador Gilmour Remarks Open Data Conference  Hotel 2 Fevrier  November 30, 2018 Madame the Minister of the Digital Economy Monsieur the Coordinator of the UN System in Togo Madame the Ambassador of the European Union Representatives of different Ministries Members of the diplomatic corps Representatives of international organizations Distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen It is ...
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Celebrating International Education Week in Togo

Improving access to quality education is one of Embassy Lome’s top mission priorities. International Education Week 2018 was an opportunity to showcase the wide array of programs that the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is using to improve education, especially in the realm of English and STEM education. Throughout the course of the week, PAS ...
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Embassy Promotes Social Cohesion in Sokode

The U.S. Embassy has been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace and social cohesion in Sokode following the eruption of violence that occurred in 2017. The latest initiative, entitled “Youth of Sokode on the Move for Social Cohesion,” was officially launched by Ambassador Gilmour during a ceremony at the Library and Cultural Center ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour’s Remarks at the Opening Ceremony: Youth on the Move for Social Cohesion in Sokode

Ambassador Remarks Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony: Youth on the Move for Social Cohesion in Sokode CLAC, Sokode Friday, November 16, 2018 Monsieur the Minister Monsieur the Prefect Monsieur the Mayor Monsieur the Spirtual Chief Monsieur the Imam of Sokode Monsieur the representative of GIZ Monsieur the country manager of Catholic Relief services Monsieur the Director ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour’s Remarks at the English Clubs Workshop

AMBASSADOR GILMOUR REMARKS OPENING OF ENGLISH CLUBS WORKSHOP Monsieur the Regional Director of Education Monsieur the Chief Inspector of English Honored teachers and inspectors of English Parents Students  It is a great pleasure to be here with you today to open this workshop. I will keep my remarks brief but I just want to say ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary for Africa, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, traveled to Lomé

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Africa, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, traveled to Lomé, Togo November 1-2 to preside over a meeting of American Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires from 16 countries in the region. The Chiefs of Mission Conference was held at the U.S. Embassy and included the heads of the U.S. diplomatic missions of Benin, Burkina Faso, ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour’s Remarks at the Forum PanAfricain de la Jeunesse

Ambassador Gilmour Remarks Forum PanAfricain de la Jeunesse October 16, 2018 Centre Monseigneur Pierre SESHIE Thank you for the warm welcome. I am very happy to be with you to discuss social entrepreneurship. This is a subject that is especially relevant for you, the youth. By 2050 Africa is expected to have nearly 1 billion ...
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Delivery of New Boat Strengthens Maritime Security

A new speedboat donated by the U.S. Government to the Togolese Navy will help keep Togo’s waters safe and secure. The Defender-class speedboat, also called a Respond Boat, was officially handed over by Ambassador David Gilmour during a ceremony at the Lomé Naval Base on Oct.12. Also in attendance were the Chief of General Staff ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour’s Remarks at the official delivery ceremony of Defender patrol boat to the Togolese Navy

 Address by His Excellency David Gilmour, Ambassador of the United States of America at the official delivery of Defender patrol boat to the Togolese Navy Monsieur le Chef d’Etat Major Général des Forces Armées Togolaises, Monsieur le Représentant du Ministre de la Défense et des Anciens Combattants, Monsieur le Directeur Général du Port Autonome de ...
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Togolese-American Company Receives State Department’s Prize for Corporate Excellence

Alaffia, a Togolese-American body care company, received the State Department’s top honor for its efforts to empower women in Togo. Under Secretary of State David Hale and Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh presented Alaffia co-founders Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde with the 2018 Award for Corporate Excellence in Women’s Economic Empowerment at a ...
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The Ambassador’s Self-Help Program grants 22.5 million francs to ten community projects

On September 26, Ambassador David Gilmour signed funding agreements for ten Self Help program projects. The Ambassador told the recipients, “The purpose of the Special Fund for Self-Help is to encourage communities to improve their living conditions in the fields of economy, health, and social well-being, through projects they implement themselves. ” This year, the ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour’s Remarks at Alumni Reception

Remarks at Alumni Reception September 28, 2018 Madame the Minister of Grassroots Development Madame the Director of FAIEJ Monsieur the Prefect of Zio Dear members of the diplomatic corps Dear members of the network of the Global Alumni Association of Togo Honored guests Colleagues Friends It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to ...
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Nation-wide Roll-out of Anti-Drug Manual Comes to a Close in Lome

Lomé, September 25, 2018- The Embassy of the United States in Togo, in collaboration with the US Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training Program  (DOJ / OPDAT), closed the national extension program of the Procedures Manual on Narcotic Drugs in Togo today. Launched in May, the series of workshops gathered ...
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Ambassador Gilmour’s remarks during AWEP Boutique inauguration

Ambassador Remarks Inauguration of AWEP Boutique Cacavelli Market September 5, 2018 at 10 AM Madame the Minister of Trade Madame the coordinator of AWEP Togo Mesdames, the members of theTogo AWEP Chapter Honored guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. It’s an honor and a pleasure for me to join you this morning for the inauguration ...
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Official closing ceremony of English Access program in Sokode.

On August 31, the US Ambassador to Togo was in Sokode for the  English learning award ceremony  for 45 students of the region. These students from disadvantaged backgrounds and selected on the basis of academic merit, benefited from a scholarship program funded by the US State Department allowing them to benefit from two years of ...
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Comic book launch to fight Human Trafficking

On August 30, Ambassador Gilmour presided at the launching ceremony of an educational campaign against human trafficking in the Central Region of Togo in the presence of local political, religious, military, and civil society leaders, as well as Regional Director of Education. The event took place on the premises of the NGO Creuset in Sokode ...
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Ambassador Gilmour’s remarks at Comic book launch event 

Remarks for Ambassador Comic book launch event August 30, 2018 Monsieur the Prefect Madame the coordinator of RELUTET Monsieur the Director of CREUSET Traditional chiefs Members of the community Distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen Good afternoon, I am deeply honored to join with you today as we launch a new educational awareness campaign against human ...
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Ambassador Gilmour’s Remarks at Robotics Camp Opening Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Ambassador Gilmour Remarks Robotics Camp Opening Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 Madame the Minister of the Digital Economy Monsieur the Director of ESIBA Dear partners Dear participants Honored guests Ladies and Gentlemen It is a real pleasure to be with you this morning for this groundbreaking event, which I believe is the first of its kind ...
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Embassy Launches Countering Fake News Workshop

On Aug. 8 Ambassador Gilmour officially opened a three-day workshop for Togolese journalists on countering fake news. Twenty-five prominent journalists from throughout Togo attended the workshop, which will provide a global look at the fake news phenomenon, and provide concrete strategies to help journalists discern real from fake news. The workshops were led by journalists ...
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Ambassador Gilmour’s remarks at opening ceremony of countering Fake News workshop

Ambassador Gilmour Remarks at Opening Ceremony of Countering Fake News Workshop Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Monsieur the Minister of Communication Dear members of the press Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen I am pleased to be with you this morning for the opening of this important workshop. The subject of this workshop is misinformation – commonly ...
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Doing Good by Doing Well

A high-powered delegation of executives from the supermarket chain Whole Foods Market visited Togo from July 30-Aug. 2 to explore ways to boost exports of organic products from Togo to the United States. Whole Foods Vice President Don Clark met with Togolese Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou on Aug. 2, accompanied by U.S ambassador to ...
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Ambassador Gilmour’s Remarks at the AWEP Boutique Inauguration in Cacavelli Market

Ambassador Remarks Inauguration of AWEP Boutique Cacavelli Market July 6, 2018 at 11 AM Madame la coordinatrice d’ AWEP Togo Mesdames, les membres du Togo AWEP Chapter Honored guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. It’s an honor and a pleasure for me to join you this morning for the inauguration of the new AWEP Foodies ...
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Ambassador’s Gilmour Remarks at Opening Ceremony: Afrofuturism Conference

Ambassador Gilmour Remarks Opening Ceremony Afrofuturism Conference July 25, 2018 Canal Olympia Cinema       Monsieur the Minister of Communication Monsieur the Minister of Urbanism Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen It is a real pleasure to be with you this morning to open this conference. Six months ago, I was in this very same ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks during Mandela day cleaning activity on July 21, 2018 at Polyclinique de Tsévié

Remarks Ambassador Gilmour Mandela day cleaning activity July 21, 2018 –  0730 – 1100 AM Polyclinique de Tsévié et Monument de l’Union   Monsieur the Prefet, Representative of the Director of ANASAP Colleagues from the U.S. Embassy. Dear exchange program Alumni, especially YALI fellows, Ladies and gentlemen, I should begin by saying Great Work! You ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks during the Inauguration of AWEP Boutique at Cacavelli Market

AMB Remarks Inauguration of AWEP Boutique Cacavelli Market July 6, 2018 at 11 AM Madame la coordinatrice d’ AWEP Togo Mesdames, les membres du Togo AWEP Chapter Honored guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. It’s an honor and a pleasure for me to join you this morning for the inauguration of the new AWEP Foodies ...
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Afrofuturism Conference-Debate

PAS Lome teamed up with the ministry of Culture, the German Cultural Institute, local cultural association Tre Kha, and the movie theater chain Canal Olympia to organize Togo’s first-ever conference on the theme of Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a concept first expressed in the works of African-American science fictions writers and musicians that holds that the ...
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Embassy Celebrates Mandela Day with Community Service

Embassy Lome joined in the worldwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth by launching a day of community service in his honor. Staff from the Embassy, along with over 50 members of the Embassy’s exchange program alumni association, traveled to the city of Tsevie just north of Lome to spend the morning ...
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Embassy organizes international conference on social enterprises

Participants from five countries took part in the first-ever High Level International Conference on Social Businesses in Togo, organized by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Ecobank and Alaffia. The event took place on May 11 at the state-of-the-art Ecobank conference center with 200 registered participants, 75 invited guests including government officials and business leaders, ...
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Ambassador Gilmour Remarks on Social Enterprise Conference May 11, 2018 

Ambassador Gilmour Remarks Social Enterprise Conference May 11, 2018 Ecobank Conference Center   Ministers CEO of Ecobank Heads of industry and business Honored guests Ladies and gentlemen It has become almost a cliché to say that we are living in a time of unprecedented challenges. Climate change, rising economic inequality and mass migration are just ...
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Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange brings low-cost agricultural innovations to Togo

Scott Massey, the 23 year old founder of Heliponix , which fabricates high-tech home hydroponics systems, met Delia Diabangouaya, a young Togolese entrepreneur, while she was studying at Purdue University in 2017 as part of her Mandela Washington Fellowship. Delia is quality manager at Choco Togo , the first chocolate production facility in Togo. Scott and Delia became ...
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Embassy celebrated Earth Day 2018 with an “Eco-Jogging” activity

On Saturday, April 21, the Embassy celebrated Earth Day 2018 with an “Eco-Jogging” activity. Eco-Jogging is an innovative concept that combines sports, civic participation, and environmentalism by challenging participants to pick up as much waste as they can while jogging a pre-determined distance.  The event was financed by the Embassy and supported by the Club ...
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MCC Approves “Threshold Program” for Togo

U.S. Ambassador to Togo David Gilmour announced that the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Board of Directors has given final approval to selection of Togo for an MCC « Threshold Program » (Programme de Seuil). The MCC Board took its decision during its April 3, 2018 meeting in Washington, DC.  The $35 million Threshold Program for Togo is ...
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Jazz music concert to celebrate Black History Month.

On February 22, at the Alaffia Baguida Cultural Center, the celebration of Black History Month  vibrated to the beat of  jazz music,  fabulously orchestrated by Togolese, Cameroonian and American musicians. The audience of nearly 150 guests came from all sectors of social life, including ministerial and diplomatic personalities and the alumni community. For over an ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour remarks at the comic book launch event at the Canal Olympia Cinema

Ambassador Remarks Comic Book Launch Event Canal Olympia Cinema February 16, 2018, 1600 – 2000 Madame the Minister of Social Action Monsieur the Minister of Communication Monsieur the representative of Minister of Security Monsieur the director of Canal Olympia Cinema Monsieur the traditional chief of Hanoukopé Madame the director of RELUTET Messiers the directors of AGO ...
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Ambassador speech on Launch of Mo-Lab at Lycée Tokoin

Remarks for AMB Launch of Mo-Lab Lycée Tokoin, Lome February 8, 2018 Excellence, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Monsieur, the Regional Director of Education for Lome Monsieur the Director of Lycée Tokoin Dear teachers Dear students Good afternoon.  It is a real pleasure to be here with you today. Today’s event is a ...
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Embassies join forces to promote good journalism in Togo

Four Ambassadors and the director of Togo’s journalism school held a joint press conference on Feb. 6 in Lome to announce a new competition to reward high-quality journalism in Togo. Ambassador David Gilmour of the United States, Cristina Martins Barreira, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Marc Vizy of France and the ...
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Honoring Martin Luther King

On Jan. 24, Embassy Lome’s public affairs section launched a three-week-long, multi-faceted celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy with a kick-off event at the Ambassador’s residence. The program consisted of an exhibition about the life and the accomplishments of Dr. King, accompanied by a music concert featuring music from the American civil rights ...
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Martin Luther King’s Road Show : Ambassador Gilmour’s remarks at the launching reception

Ambassador Remarks Martin Luther King Exhibit & Concert January 24, 2018, 1830 – 2030 Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good evening. It is a great honor for me to welcome you to my residence, and I am very happy to see such a large number of friends from all sectors of Togolese society in the ...
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Promoting Peace in Sokode

Sokode, Togo’s second largest city and the scene of several violent clashes between protestors and security forces over the past several months, was the location for an Embassy Lome-sponsored workshop on the role of women in the process of conflict resolution which took place on Dec. 20. The workshop brought together local authorities, religious leaders, ...
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Ambassador Gilmour remarks at women peace builders workshop in Sokode

      Ambassador Remarks Opening Ceremony Workshop: Women’s Role in Building Peace & Security Hotel Centrale, Sokode Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017 Monsieur the Prefect Monsieur the Mayor Monsieur the Spirtual Chief Monsieur the Imam of Sokode Representatives of the different political parties Leaders of civil society organizations Dear participants Members of the community Honored ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour at Alaffia Building Inauguration in Baguida

Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour Inauguration of the Alaffia Building in Baguida December 19, 2017 Madame the Minister of Grassroots Development Monsieur the Secretary General of the Cabinet Mister Tchala, the founder of Alaffia Honored guests Ladies and gentlemen It is my great pleasure to be with you today for the inauguration of Alaffia’s new ...
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Self-help Fund Supports Communities Across Togo

During a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy December 12, Ambassador David Gilmour announced new grants totaling $50,000 to support 13 different community projects in different regions of Togo, through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. The fund, which has supported worthy projects every year since 1964, is a way for the Embassy to promote sustainable development ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour on Self Help Fund Signing Ceremony

Ambassador’s Remarks Signing Ceremony for Self Help Fund MPR, Dec. 12, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. Distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen Let me begin by saying welcome to the U.S. Embassy! I know some of you traveled quite long distances to get here, so thank you for coming. It is a real pleasure to be with ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour on technology, entertainment and design Conference

Ambassador Opening Remarks TEDx Tokoin Conference ETI Conference Center December 2, 2017 @ 1500 Monsieur the Minister Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen It is a great pleasure for me to be with you to participate in the opening ceremony of this important conference. If you have ever seen a “TED Talk,” you know that there ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour on Global Fund Ceremony

Ambassador’s Remarks Global Fund Ceremony November 30, 2017 Distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen I am honored to join you today to celebrate the signing of three new grant agreements of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.  Today is an occasion to highlight the tremendous record of success that the Global Fund has ...
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Forming a new generation of young political leaders

The launch ceremony for Embassy Lome’s Youth Political Participation Program (YP3), took place in Lome on Nov. 21. The program aims to boost youth involvement in politics by training 400 young leaders in different regions of the country on the opportunities provided by the decentralization process and local elections; on effective political communication, and on ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour at the official opening of the renovated American Corner, University of Lomé

Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour Opening of the new American Corner Building at the University of Lomé November 8, 2017 Madam the Vice-President of the University of Lomé Distinguished faculty Dear students Honored guests Ladies and gentlemen I am delighted to join you for this wonderful occasion. Allow me to offer some very important thanks ...
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Ambassador Opening Remarks 2nd Diaspora Video Conference

Ambassador Opening Remarks 2nd Diaspora Video Conference July 18, 2017 Hello and thank you for joining us. I want to begin by reiterating my gratitude and appreciation to the Togolese diaspora in the U.S. for the tremendous contributions you have made to the development of Togo up to now. This is our second video conference ...
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Remarks at Alumni Reception

Remarks at Alumni Reception September 29, 2017 Madame the Minister of Commerce Madame the Minister of Grassroots Development Madame the Representative of UNDP in Togo Members of the alumni network Honored guests Colleagues Friends It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to my home tonight. This is the second time I have hosted ...
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New American space at Kara University opened

On October 12, 2017, Ambassador David Gilmour inaugurated the new American space at Kara University in the presence of various authorities including the president of the said university and the prefect of Kozah. This space that includes a presentation room, a cyber, a language lab and an office will be a point of reference on ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour’s at the opening of the American Space of the University of Kara

Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour Opening of the new American Corner Building at the University of Kara October 12, 2017 Monsieur the Prefet of Kozah Monsieur the President of the University of Lome Distinguished faculty Dear students Honored guests Ladies and gentlemen I am delighted to join you for this wonderful occasion. I would like ...
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U.S. Business Shows Commitment to Education in Togo

On Oct. 13 Ambassador Gilmour participated in a ceremony to officially inaugurate a new school building constructed by the American-Togolese company Alaffia. The school, located in the rural village of Nadagou in Togo’s northernmost region of Dapaong, will provide a students in the community with a cool, safe place to conduct their studies. The ceremony ...
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ALAFFIA Cultural Center for connecting Togolese and American Art and Music

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Alaffia Cultural Center, the American and Togolese cultures melted in an astonishing musical concert, thanks to the support of the Alaffia Company  created by the Togolese and American Olowo-N’djo Tchala. Performers were the Togolese artists Dama Damawuzan and the Sassamasso band, and  from the USA, Amanda Seales.  From ...
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Ambassador David Gilmour welcomes 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows/YALI

Togo 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows were the special guests at Ambassador David Gilmour’s residence Friday September 29. Other guests included members of the government of Togo, key alumni from diverse horizons as well as representatives from YALI regional centers (RLCs). A choir of visually impaired young professionals and students opened the party with a song. The ...
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AGOA Forum 2017 Strengthens Economic Ties between U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa

“The United States is committed to Africa.” This was the message delivered by Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), during his remarks at the opening of the ministerial plenary of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Aug. 9 in Lome. The annual forum brings together senior government officials, ...
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Embassy and Peace Corps support youth empowerment with “Camp Unite”

On July 12, 2017, Ambassador Gilmour and staff from the U.S. Embassy visited “Camp Unité” , a leadership camp for teenage boys and girls organized by Peace Corps and the Togo YMCA, in Bagbe, a town about 35 km from Lome. ” Camp Unité” is a two-week  event that brings together 130 boys and girls ...
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U.S. Independence Day Celebration

The Embassy held its official Independence Day celebration on June 28 at Lomé’s Radisson Blu hotel. Over 250 guests from all walks of Togolese society – government, civic organizations, and the business community – and Lomé’s diplomatic community attended. Following the Embassy Marine detachment Color Guard ceremony and national anthems, Ambassador Gilmour and the representative ...
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Ambassador Gilmour’s Remarks at the 2017 Independence Day Celebration

Remarks July 4 celebration 2017 (protocol opening) Good evening and thank you for joining us to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. We are privileged to celebrate here tonight in the beautiful Radisson Blu, thanks to the very generous financial support of several private sector donors: American companies, ...
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West Africa Ambassador’s Fund supports quality healthcare in Togo

On May 24 the United States Embassy in Togo granted funds to four Togolese non-governmental organizations specializing in the promotion of population health, family planning, and sexual and reproductive health. David Gilmour, U.S. Ambassador presided over the launching of this second phase of the program of the West Africa Ambassadors’ Fund (WAAF). The four recipients ...
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Embassy Exhibit Fosters Political Reconciliation

The launch of a new photo exhibit created by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section has encouraged political healing in Togo. The exhibit, chronicling the state visit to Washington, D.C. and New York of Togo’s first President, Sylvanus Olympio, in 1962, was unveiled during a ceremony at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lome on April 26.  ...
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Remarks Olympio exhibition vernissage

It is a great honor for me to be with you today to open this exhibition of historic images and documents about the visit of President Sylvanus Olympio to the United States. I discovered these images and documents in 2015 before my arrival in Lome, when I was preparing to take my post as ambassador.  ...
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