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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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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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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Special self-help fund boosts development in communities in rural Togo

Twelve rural Togolese communities received financing for development projects thanks to the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund of the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Ryan Ballow, the charge d’affaires, handed over checks to representatives from each community during a ceremony at the Embassy. The funds will be used to spur community based development in the areas of agriculture, ...
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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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Technology in the service of local governance

The U.S. Embassy teamed up with the tech collective Minodoo, a group of young coders and software developers, to organize a workshop June 14-17 aimed at putting technology at the service of local governance. The event, titled “Doonyenyo” (meaning “let’s do it together” in local dialect), took the form of a “hackathon” in which the ...
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GLOBE program develops future scientists of Togo

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program kicked off its annual Africa Regional Meeting in Togo on June 4.  U.S. Ambassador to Togo and the Togolese Environment Minister joined the GLOBE Implementation Office Director for an opening ceremony to commemorate a week of training on GLOBE protocols at the American Corner ...
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New Manual Shares Best Practices in the Fight Against Drugs

On May 31 the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ / OPDAT), organized a workshop to launch a four-week national extension program on the Drug Procedure Manual in Togo. The Manual is a “tool” that will be used by ...
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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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Journalism Prize Rewards Togo’s Top Reporters

On May 4, the jury of the first edition of the “Lauriers du Journalisme d’Impact” awarded prizes to fifteen journalists in the “Print and Online Press”, “Radio” and “Television and Web TV” categories at a gala evening in Lomé. Representatives of the organizing institutions (United States, European Union, France, Germany, and the ISICA journalism school), ...
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College  Fair Elite 2018  introduces Education USA to thousands of Togolese:   

EducationUSA student advising service manned an information booth at Togo’s biggest annual college fair, held on the campus of the University of Lome from April 25-28. The opening ceremony of the event, presided over by the Minister of Higher Education, drew a who’s-who of VIPs from the government and the education sector and was covered ...
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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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Champions of English

On April 11  PAS Lome’s nine-month-long, nationwide English Clubs Competition culminated with the final event in Lome pitting the eight best teams in the country against each other for the title of best English Club. The objective of the English Clubs Competition, first launched in 2016 by PAS with support from the (RELO) and the ...
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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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Embassy trains young entrepreneurs and journalists on social media marketing

From March 21 to 22, 2018, American filmmaker and professional photographer Peregrine Olander trained Togolese journalists in Lomé on the use and marketing of social networks, in order to highlight their different outlets through the promotion of their productions. Ms. Ollander previously provided similar training for about twenty young entrepreneurs and social activists in Kpalimé, ...
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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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40 Years Later, Peace Corps Volunteers Still making a Difference in Togo

Five former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Togo in the late 70’s returned earlier this year to demonstrate their sustained commitment to improving education in the country. RPCVs Marty Havlovi (Tomegbe 1976-1978, Amlamé 1979), Susan White (Amlamé 1978-1980, Danyi Apeyeme 1980-1981), Bill Ferguson (Bafilo 1976-1979), Bill Hague (Adjahun 1977-1980), and Don Lonergan were reunited ...
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Super Heroes Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

On Feb. 26, at CanalOlympia  Godopé, Embassy Lome’s public affairs and ECO/POL sections launched a comic book, “Scarf”, featuring   a super hero who fight human trafficking in Togo. The launch was part of a gala event that also included the first screening of the new Marvel super hero movie Black Panther, about the super-powered, crime-fighting ...
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Embassy supports park rangers to protect Togo’s wildlife

The embassy’s economic counselor, Ryan Ballow, handed over a lot of equipment and property donated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Eco Guards of the Fazao-Malfakasaa National Park in Sokodé on Feb. 2. Tossou Datè K. Akpédjé, the Director of the Ministry of Environment based in Sokodé received the donation, which included over ...
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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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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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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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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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Paving the way for English Learning

From November 08 through 18, 2017, the Embassy’s educational advisor and representatives of the Togolese English Teachers Organization (TETO) held training sessions for all the English clubs in the eight academic regions of the country, during which they distributed an English Clubs Handbooks prepared by the Regional English Language Office (RELO). The objective of the ...
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New English ACCESS Microscholarship program launched in Kara

On November 14 Deputy Chief of Mission Michael DeTar officially launched the English ACCESS program in Kara, in the north of Togo. The program will provide two years of intensive English language education, as well as an introduction to U.S. culture and values, to 60 underprivileged students. The Embassy has previously supported English ACCESS programs ...
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“Mo-Lab” mobile learning center takes STEM learning on the road

On Nov. 15, PAS Lome conducted a trial run of its new mobile learning center, called ‘Mo-Lab.” The objective of the project is to encourage learning in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields, especially among poor, rural youth in Togo. The vehicle was completely renovated, painted, and equipped with wi-fi, computers, a ...
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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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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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Update on MCC Program in Togo

   Update on MCC Program in Togo WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2017 – At its quarterly meeting on September 27, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors approved a $524 million compact with the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to spur economic growth and reduce poverty. The program will support the country’s long-term drive to ...
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Vocational Center Creates Opportunities for Young Women

Saturday, September 23, 2017, Ms. Chantal Donvide, woman entrepreneur of the chapter African Women Entrepreneur Program (AWEP) Togo opened the Center Aklala Batik in Kpalimé. In addition to the production of Batik fabrics, this centre aims at the advancement of women and the education of the young girl.  YALI/MWF 2017 Fellows seized this opportunity to ...
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Helping Togolese English Teachers Succeed

From September 13 to 15, 2017, over 200 English Language teachers and 7 educational inspectors participated in training seminars and convention in Togo, Kara region.  Eran Williams, Regional English Officer from Dakar  provided refresher training on English teaching technics to English Inspectors and Togo English Teachers ‘Organization (TETO ) regional chairpersons who in turn trained ...
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Joint Declaration 9/22/2017

Joint Declaration of the Embassies of the United States of America, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Nations Coordination Office, and the Delegation of the European Union to Togo Lomé, September 2017- While observing that the various Togolese political forces have been able to demonstrate this week and publicly express their convictions, the ...
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Citizens in Action: Beach Clean-Up

On Saturday  September 16, about 500 young volunteers, members and staff of NGOs, ministries and private companies of Lome promptly responded to the call of CAPLO (Club of Friends of the Beach and Oceans) and STADD (Science and the African Technology for Sustainable Development), for a beach clean-up in Lome, thanks to the initiative and ...
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Mandela Washington Fellow donated Medical Tablets to Health Practitioners

The 2017 YALI/Mandela Washington Fellowship 2017 enabled Mr. Moïse Akebim, in Public Management at the University of Minnesota, to establish a partnership with Books for Africa, an organization that donated books to African countries since 1988. The beginning of the partnership is materialized by a gift of five (05) tablets with medical program for 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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Ambassador Gilmour launched YALI Project to advance Transparency

The Education for Tax Transparency and Accountability Project “Nudzonola” (the awaken citizen in one of Togo’s local dialects) was launched by Ambassador Gilmour. This award project from the Transparency and Small Grant Competition will educate citizens about taxes payment, and teach them tactics and actions to take to make sure public officials manage taxes and ...
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EducationUSA helps broker partnership between American and Togolese universities

The Embassy’s education advising service, EducationUSA Togo, helped broker a  groundbreaking partnership agreement between a U.S. university and a Togolese university. The agreement, signed on July 21, 2017 between Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas and Ecole Superieur des Affaires (ESA) in Lome, establishes a collaborative “2+2” undergraduate degree program in the fields of business administration and ...
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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. Secretary of State Meets Togo’s Foreign Minister in Washington D.C.

During their discussion, the two men discussed the preparations for the annual AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) Forum which will take place in Lome from Aug. 8-10, and the progress of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) program in Togo. There was also talk of the first Africa-Israel Summit in Lome in October. An event ...
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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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Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) defines its program in Togo

From 06 to 15 June 2017, a high-level mission of the United States Agency of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) visited Togo. The MCC is an aid program that ties economic assistance to institutional reforms. The objective of this mission was to reach a joint understanding on how to implement reforms in two main sectors: ...
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Togo to host 2017 AGOA Forum

The United States and Togo will co-host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Lome, Togo from Aug. 8-10.  A delegation of U.S. officials including representatives of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Agency for International Development visited Togo from June ...
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World Ocean Day

On Saturday June 10,  more than 600 young people from schools, universities, NGOs and private companies from Lome participated in the World Ocean Day, organized by CAPLO (Friends of the Beach and Oceans) and STADD (African Science and Technology for Sustainable Development), and supported by the US Embassy in Togo. Apart from cleaning up a ...
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Togo Female Techcamp

American corner Lome hosted the fourth edition of the two-day Togo Female Techcamp on June 9-10, 2017. This year’s camp focused on electronic payments. Various exhibits were also planned alongside the camp featuring businesses owned by young Togolese entrepreneurs trained at the same American corner during past years entrepreneurship incubator programs. Minister  Cina Lawson  of digital economy and PAO Mike ...
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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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Visit of Togolese Prime Minister to EduacationUSA stand at Education Fair

Post EducationUSA set up an information booth at the International Education fair held from April 26 to April 30, 2017 in Lomé. The fair brought together more than 60 000 participants from various schools, educational institutions, companies, international organizations, and education services from other countries. The U.S. stand visited by thousands of students, parents, and ...
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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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Togo Agri-Tech Camp aims to “grow” the agriculture sector

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lome organized a Tech Camp for 60 young agricultural entrepreneurs in the northern city of Kara from April 10-12. Participants came from Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso, and included farmers, agriculture experts, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The goal of the camp – which was funded by the ...
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Grand Final of English Clubs Competition

Togo’s best English Clubs squared off against each other April 7 in Lomé in the final event of the 2016-2107 English Clubs Competition sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Togolese English Teacher’s Organization. The event was the culmination of a seven-month long series of English Club competitions held throughout the country in which almost ...
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US Armed Forces Transportation Commander visits Togo

  On March 16, General Darren McDew of the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) led a delegation of senior US military officials during a visit to Togo to strengthen security cooperation between the two countries. During the visit, General McDew was received by Prime Minister Komi S. Klassou and also met with the Chief of Togolese ...
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E-Citizen Camp Uses Technology to Advance Democracy

The Public Affairs section of the Embassy, ​​in collaboration with the Woelab, a local incubator, organized the first Citizen Technology Festival in Togo for seventy-five young IT activists to promote good governance and democracy in Togo. These citizen days called “eCDays”, held at Woelab’s headquarters, follow the March 2016 law guaranteeing free access to public ...
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Capacity building program at the National Library and Archives

From April 4 to 6, the US Embassy-Togo, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported a training workshop for personnel at the National Library in Lome. The American expert, Assistant Professor and Preservation Librarian Kyle Rimkus animated the workshop with the purpose to equip ten employees from the National Library with necessary ...
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US congress delegation visited Lomé

A delegation of U.S. Senators and Congressmen arrived Saturday on a visit to strengthen ties between the American and Togolese peoples.  President Faure Gnassingbe received the group, headed by Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, at the Presidency for high-level discussions. The delegation also took part in meetings at the National Assembly where they were welcomed ...
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Advanced Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking for Judicial Officers and Prosecutors

As part of its programs for the conservation and protection of wildlife, the United States Ambassador to Togo, David Gilmour participated in the opening ceremony of a five-day workshop on various related topics in Lomé. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Justice of Togo, the ...
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Young activists ready to push forward Togolese Civil Society Agenda

Chargée d’affaires Dana Banks gave completion certificates to sixty young Togolese activists on January 20 at the U.S. Embassy. Those young activists from Lome and Maritime Region took part in the first of two six-week “civil society certification” training course aiming at encouraging participants to feel empowered and consider the myriad ways that individual contributions ...
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PAS Launches Civil Society Certifications Course for Young Togolese Activists

On Wednesday December 7, 2016 Deputy Chief of Mission Mrs. Dana Banks launched the Civil Society Certification Course to benefit sixty of Togolese civil society’s young leaders. In her remarks to the participants Mrs. Banks explained that “the course, developed by the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of State, aims to provide young civil ...
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Arts at Embassies

U.S. Ambassador David Gilmour and Mrs. Gilmour hosted a cultural celebration involving an art exhibition and music concert at their residence.   This purpose of the event was to highlight the role that art and culture can play in promoting economic growth, by showcasing a number of talented Togolese artists and musicians. It also marked the ...
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Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Signing Ceremony

During a signing ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Sep. 28, Chargé d’Affaires Dana Banks signed grants totaling $50,000 to support 14 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 ...
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DVC: Understanding the U.S. Presidential Elections

On Sep. 27, Embassy Lome and Africa Regional Service Paris organized a video conference on the U.S. presidential elections for an audience of 35 young Togolese active in politics, including members of the youth wings of various political parties and civil society groups. The guest speaker was Steve Ekovich, a professor of political science at ...
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Embassy Helps Clean Lome Beach

U.S. Embassy Lome and the Togo Fulbright Alumni Association brought together about 250 volunteers to help clean waste and debris from the Lome beachfront on Sep. 10. The effort by Embassy staff, alumni, environmental science students, Ministry of Environment staff, and representatives of businesses near the beach raised awareness of the need to protect our ...
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Empowering Youth Through Basketball

As part of its sports diplomacy programming, the Embassy of the United States, in collaboration with the Lomé Gulf Basketball League, organized a basketball camp from August 15-27 in order to promote youth empowerment and share American sports culture. Mr. Tommy Davis, a U.S. basketball coach who played professionally in France and Italy for many ...
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YALI Alumni Inspire Togolese Youth

Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative in Togo organized an event Aug. 9 in Lomé to celebrate International Youth Day. Over 200 young people, mostly university students, gathered to take part in a day of presentations, lectures, and round tables focused on how youth can engage and contribute to major issues of the day ...
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Embassy Staff and Alumni Team up to clean Hospital

Ambassador Gilmour and other staff of the U.S. Embassy teamed up with a group of alumni of U.S. exchange programs on Aug. 6 to help remove trash and debris from the area around the pediatric section of the Sylvanus Olympio Hospital, Lomé’s main public hospital, as part of a day of volunteer service. The activity ...
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Information Resource Center Unlocks the Code

U.S. Embassy Togo’s Information Resource Center organized a workshop titled “Introduction to Coding” for 30 underprivileged teenage girls on July 20, 2016. The workshop, the first in a series, was designed to give the participants a basic understanding of computer coding. Coding, or programming, is a way of writing instructions for computers that bridges the ...
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Embassy sponsors Workshop on Investigative Journalism

As part of its continuing mission to promote the rule of law and the professionalization of the media in Togo, the U.S. Embassy organized a workshop on investigative journalism in Lome from July 11-15. Participants hailed from five regions of the country and represented a variety of media outlets. The workshop was facilitated by two ...
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Embassy Celebrates America’s 240th Independence Day

The Embassy held its official Independence Day celebration on June 30 at Lomé’s newly refurbished 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 our two countries’ national anthems, ...
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English Access Microscholarship Program

The Martin Luther King Jr. School organized a graduation ceremony for the 45 students who participated in the institution’s English Access Microscholarship program from 2014 to 2016. This is the second Access program the school in Kpalimé, located 82 miles north of Lomé, has successfully hosted. In addition to the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, guests ...
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Launch of Full Participation Fund Comic Book Initiative

On June 24, Ambassador David Gilmour presented the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Full Participation Fund’s Mon futur, mon choix comic book initiative. The State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, through its Full Participation Fund, financed an Embassy proposal to create a comic book for adolescents. The idea ...
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Togolese Radio Journalists Gain Professional Skills

From June 13-17, the U.S. Embassy held the first in a series of four one-week training classes for journalists from throughout Togo as part of the Mission’s objective for media to become a powerful driving force towards democratic progress, by releasing well-informed investigations, assessments and other feature articles on public governance. Twenty-five radio journalists took ...
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Peace Corps Sponsored Camp Unite for Togolese Youth

In collaboration with Peace Corps Togo and YMCA Togo, the U.S. Embassy organized Camp UNITE, two sessions of a summer camp promoting national unity, education, initiative, and work for Togolese youth. Camp UNITE comprised one six-day camp for girls, one six-day camp for boys and five days for training Togolese and American camp leaders. The ...
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American International School of Lome Graduation

On June 9, Ambassador David Gilmour gave the keynote speech at the American International School of Lomé’s senior graduation ceremony.  The eight graduates plan to pursue their studies – some in the United States – in the fields of graphic design, economics, information technology, communications, international relations and medicine. In his remarks to the graduating ...
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Influenza Laboratory Inauguration

On June 17, Ambassador David Gilmour took in the inauguration of Togo’s Institut National d’Hygiène’s new Influenza Laboratory.  The Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program funded the construction of this new laboratory in Lomé.  The facility includes specialized laboratories and offices and we hope will enable Togolese medical authorities to better meet the challenges of ...
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Mandela Washington Fellows Press Conference

The Embassy officially presented the twelve young Togolese who will participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship at a June 9 press conference.  The “Fellows” answered questions from the press about their six-week study program at a variety of universities in the United States.  In addition, they will participate in a summit with President Obama ...
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North Dakota National Guard Major General in Lomé

Working for a more secure Togo – North Dakota National Guard’s Major-General Alan Dohrmann visited his Togolese security and defense counterparts on May 9, as part of the United States National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) to which Togo subscribed in 2014. Major General Dohrmann discussed the state of U.S.-Togo military cooperation with Ministry of ...
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World Press Freedom Day: Togolese Journalists partake in Global Teleconference

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section hosted nine Togolese journalists, where they joined counterparts from around the round in chatting with Glenn Kessler, a seasoned investigative journalist, businessman and Washington Post fact-checker columnist, on issues of journalistic integrity, media sustainability and media credibility.  The debate provided a forum for ...
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Jazz International Day: Ambassador’s Residence hosts a Concert

As part of its cultural and educational programs and in commemoration of April 30 Jazz International Day, Ambassador David Gilmour hosted an all-star jazz performance by Togolese musicians at his residence on April 29. The diplomat, also an accomplished saxophonist, even joined the local musicians in the program featuring American, . The sixty guests got ...
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Medical Equipment Donation

Major Mark McEvers represented the United States Department of Defense’s Humanitarian Assistance Program during the delivery of medical equipment to the Central Directorate of Army Health Services (DCSSA) on April 20 in Lomé. Colonel Komi Agba, head of the DCSSA thanked the United States for the $15,000 equipment composed of modern hand washing kits, surgical ...
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Ambassador calls on State-Run Media

Ambassador Gilmour paid a visit to the offices Togolese state media on March 29, where he met with directors from Television Togolaise, Radio Lomé, Editogo / Togo Presse, and the Agence Togolaise de Presse. Addressing the directors and staff, he said, “It takes a free press to strengthen democracy. A free press is the cornerstone ...
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Togo Female Techcamp 2016

Lomé’s Public Affairs Section (PAS), in collaboration with the American Corner Fan Club, local non-governmental organizations, USG-program alumni, and Togolese businesses, organized a four-day technology, entrepreneurship and leadership camp for females aged 18-25. This year’s camp will focus on exploring opportunities in green energy’s business. The Chargé d’affaires and two Togolese Government Ministers presided over ...
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International Women’s Day

In Solidarity for International Women’s Day This year, the Embassy’s female employees marked the accomplishments of women in the United States and Togo by looking at the wide array of colleagues who are making crucial contributions to all sections of our mission in Lomé.  We promoted gender equality at the Embassy by sharing the Embassy ...
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Promoting Civic Responsibility

On March 5, the Global Alumni Association of Togo (GAAT), made up of Togolese participants in U.S. government trainings and internships in the United States, held a clean-up of a field that had turned into a trash dump in the Sanvee-Kondji neighborhood of Aneho.  A number of young people and women from close by spontaneously ...
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Leadership Training Program for Togo’s Next Generation of Leaders

100 Youth Take Part in Leadership Training Ambassador Gilmour awarded certificates to the participants in a multi-session personal development training program for Togo’s next generation of leaders. This program facilitated by members of the Togo Alumni Community, including Mandela Washington Fellows, was an opportunity for 50 Togolese youth to hone their leadership and managerial skills. ...
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Health: US DoD offers Medical Equipment to Togolese Armed Forces

On 18 February 2016, the U.S. Ambassador to Togo, Mr. David Gilmour, delivered a large consignment of medical equipment, laboratory and office equipment to Togolese Armed Forces (FAT). The ceremony was held at the Training Center of Operations Peacekeeping Lomé, the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the FAT, Colonel Komlan Adjitowou, and the Director ...
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Boosting the Voice of America In Togo

Providing journalists with training and providing media with the tools to attain quality management – two of our Mission objectives.  To advance those objectives, Ambassador Gilmour delivered new video equipment and supplies provided by the Voice of America to Togo’s TV 7 – a VOA affiliate.  Stay tuned for expanded programming, including in English.
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Ceremony of the Donation of Medical and Laboratory Equipment to the Health Services of the Armed Forces of Togo

REMARKS OF DAVID GILMOUR, AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO TOGO ON THE OCCASION OF THE CEREMONY OF THE DONATION OF MEDICAL AND LABORATORY EQUIPMENT TO THE HEALTH SERVICES OF THE ARMED FORCES OF TOGO LOCATION: TRAINING CENTER, PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS (CEOMP) • Mr. Brigadier General, General Chief of Staff, Togolese Armed Forces, • ...
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Huntertones in Lome

The Huntertones, a jazz/funk ensemble of five American musicians from New York City, on tour in Africa, arrived on January 31, 2016. In Lomé, they are appearing in public concerts, interactive performances, master classes with local musicians, and high profile interviews. The Huntertones is a unique voice defying any kind in the world of contemporary ...
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DoD sponsored Hospital inaugurated in Dapaong

The Embassy of the United States in Togo matches its words with deeds! “We believe that Togolese deserve a high standard of living, and therefore, we support programs aimed at improving health, education, agriculture and the environment. We also believe that all citizens have the right to quality health care with the continued support of ...
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Welcome Reception for Ambassador Gilmour

In a speech on January 20, Ambassador David Gilmour welcomed the positive reforms in Togo which have been recognized by the U.S. Millennium Challenge program.  The ambassador noted the many serious challenges that Togo faces, and pledged that the United States will facilitate democratic dialogue and promote freedom of expression, transparency and rule of law.  ...
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Ambassdor’s Call on President of Constitutional Court

In his January 6 visit with the president of the constitutional court, Mr. Aboudou Assouma, Ambassador Gilmour relayed an important message: “Rule of law is the foundation of democracy, upon which liberty is built.  The United States supports the strengthening of Togo’s judicial system as a fundamental element of democracy.
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Ambassador’s Call on Head of the Joint Chief of Staffs

In his January 6 visit with the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Abalo Kadangha, Ambassador Gilmour relayed an important message: “The United States greatly appreciates Togo’s strong partnership in maintaining peace in Africa and combating transnational crime and illegal trafficking. We will continue our collaboration to enhance security for the citizens of ...
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David Gilmour visited Lomé

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs David Gilmour visited Lomé, Togo from January 22-25.  His two-day program focused on the Mission’s public diplomacy programming, with an emphasis on youth engagement, including the Young African Leaders Initiative 5. Mandela Washington Fellows, and English-language promotion. In discussions with DAS Gilmour, Togolese ...
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Launch of Togo Youth Leadership Program

On December 4th, U.S.  Embassy Lomé, in collaboration with the Togolese Ministry of Youth and the Global Alumni Association of Togo, launched its leadership program entitled “Togo’s Next Generation of Leadership” in Lomé.  The program, focused on youth personal development in Togo, invited 25 men and 25 women to participate in discussions facilitated by guest ...
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President Obama at the First Session of COP21

Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21 Le Bourget Paris, France PRESIDENT OBAMA:  President Hollande, Mr. Secretary General, fellow leaders. We have come to Paris to show our resolve. We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city. We stand united in solidarity not ...
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Judges in a Democratic Society

The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) delivered a one-week course on the Role of a Judge in Democratic Society in Accra, Ghana from November 30 – December 4, 2015. This course was designed to increase the professional capacity of judges in francophone/civil law systems through a series of ...
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Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015

On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations across the world.  I have been involved in the ...
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United States Congratulates Burkina Faso on Peaceful Election

A message from Secretary of State John Kerry: I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso on holding peaceful and orderly presidential and legislative elections this week. Over the past two years the Burkinabe people have repeatedly demonstrated their strong commitment to democracy in the face of adversity, and shown that legitimate leadership requires public accountability. ...
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New Self-Help Program Launched

Chargée d’Affaires a.i. Dana Banks presided over the launching ceremony of a prison disinfection program to the Juvenile Brigade of Lomé. The project is the result of a joint collaboration between the Special Self-Help Program of the Embassy of the United States and the Non-Governmental Organization DOMINO, which specializes in assistance to prisoners. DOMINO received ...
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Togo National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan

On October 30, the National HIV/AIDS Commission will held a day-long working session to further the development of Togo’s 2016-2020 National HIV Strategic Plan. This working session, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), focused on the implementation in Togo of the HIV Sustainability Index Dashboard (SID), a tool developed by the ...
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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Michigan State University and the University of California Berkeley visited Togo In the framework of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, the U.S. Embassy in Lomé hosted two admissions officers from Michigan State University and the University of California Berkeley on October 15and 16.  Patricia Croom and Lin Larson provided an overview of the MasterCard Foundation ...
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USAID Promotes an AIDS-Free Generation in West and Central Africa

Lomé, TOGO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with UNAIDS and the Global Fund, is supporting the second West and Central Africa Key Populations (KP) workshop on the theme “Enhancing KP Interventions: Taking Stock and Moving Forward”. This 3-day workshop is organized by the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care ...
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Togolese Authorities receive Anti-trafficking Training

Chargé d’Affaires Peter Barlerin and Togo’s Minister of Justice and Relations with the Republic’s Institutions Pius Agbetomey opened a series of two workshops for police, prosecutors, judges, and other law enforcement officials on strategies for combatting trafficking in persons.  The two-day workshops, organized by the U.S. Embassy, are taking place in Lomé and Kara the ...
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CISTEM Program trained Disabled Youth

The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, in collaboration with the NGO FETAPH, hosted 50 young people, all with some form of physical challenge, for a week-long intensive science and technology course, known as CISTEM.  This course was designed to help high school and university students with disabilities increase their chances of success in the fields of ...
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FBI trained 40 Togolese Security Officers

The Regional Security Office of the US Embassy in Togo organized a Transnational Organized Crime Class, which provides training to a select group of candidates from local law enforcement authorities as a mean of supporting the Government of Togo to provide stability, counter extremism and terrorism, and enhance peace and security. The training was provided ...
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Entrepreneurship Training for Young Women

The U.S. Embassy in Togo sponsored training in entrepreneurship and leadership for the benefit of 15 junior high school girls from September 17-20, 2015.  Designed by the Togolese NGO Wake Up, the program featured Orchestra Bella Bellow, a female musical group, whose members also trained the girls in musical skills. Divided into three groups, participants ...
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Pan-African Youth Leaders Donate Scholastic Materials to Needy Children

On September 16, the U.S. Embassy’s 2014 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) fellows donated scholastic materials to the children of Togolese prisoners for use in their 2015-2106 scholastic year.  The event took place at Lomé’s College Notre Dame des Apôtres.  The main theme of the program is “Hope” because, for the PAYLP fellows, when children receive ...
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Statement on the Situation in Burkina Faso

Statement by the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Situation in Burkina Faso: The United States condemns, in the strongest terms, the unconstitutional seizure of power by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso. We call on the responsible parties to release immediately those being detained, order aligned forces to stand ...
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National Guard Trains Togolese Army

The North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) has broadened its participation in the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program by conducting Disaster Preparedness Training with Togo’s armed forces. The training, conducted by a four-person team from North Dakota, took place September 9-15, 2015 at the Togolese Military’s CEOMP training facility in Lomé. Participants were from Togo’s ...
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Full Participation Fund Meeting

The U.S. Embassy Lome is joining forces with seven Togolese Ministries, eleven civil society groups, the Peace Corps, UNFPA, and UNICEF to create a comic book for adolescents that will illustrate and raise awareness on a variety of themes, including the importance of pursuing education, rights for persons living with disabilities, rape, domestic violence, female ...
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40 English Teachers Trained in Tsévié

40 English teachers of the Maritime Region were trained in Tsévié from September 10-12, 2015. That was the second of the series of six training seminars started in Lome on September 7. The series will end in Dapaong on September 26 with a total of 240 English teachers trained in communicative teaching lesson plan incorporating ...
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Togolese Judges Visited U S Embassy on September 14, 2015

Judge Afiwa Evelyne HOHOUETO (left), President of the National Commission for the Organization for the Harmonization  of African Business Law  (OHADA), and Judge Batankimyem Suzanne Soukoudé (right), Director General of the Justice Professional Training Center, visited the U.S. Embassy on September 14, where they met with Chargée d’Affaires a.i. Dana L. Banks (center).  In October, Judges ...
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English Access Microscholarship Certificates in Kpalimé

Aware of the importance of English Language in their future lives and careers at a time when English has imposed itself as a global language, 45 English Access Microscholarship students received their certificates in Kpalimé on September 10, 2015. This event marked the end of the two-year English course organized by Martin Luther King School. ...
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Peace Corps 45 new Volunteers

On Friday, August 28th, 45 new Peace Corps Volunteers took their oath for a two year commitment to Togo in Environmental Action and Food Security, Community Health and the Prevention of Malaria, and English and Gender Education. The total number of Peace Corps Volunteers has now reached 85. In Togo, Volunteers serve in rural and ...
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum

On August 24-27, 2015, the government of Gabon and theUnited States will co-host the 2015 African Growth andOpportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Libreville, under the theme“AGOA at 15: Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.-AfricaTrade and Investment Partnership.” Gabon will be the first centralAfrican country to host the AGOA Forum.The 2015 Forum will provide a ...
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2015 Youth Basketball Camp

As part of its sports diplomacy programming, the Embassy of the United States, in collaboration with the Lomé Gulf Basketball League, is hosting a basketball camp from August 17-29. Mr. Tommy Davis, a U.S. basketball coach based in France, will for the third straight year teach 100 Togolese youth aged 12-18 to strengthen their basketball ...
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Mandela Washington Fellowship: Togo’s selected Candidates presented to Media

The Public Affairs Officer introduced the six Togolese fellows to journalists before their departure scheduled for June 18. The fellows answered several questions related to their trip, their professional training in the U.S. and goals they wish to achieve. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young ...
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4th July 2015

Independence Day Celebration Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Chief of Mission Residence Ambassador and Mrs. Whitehead welcomed over 300 guests from all walks of Togolese and the international community for a celebration of the United States’ 239th Independence Day. It was truly a scintillating evening!
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Inauguration of a New Primary School Building in Atomé

U.S. Embassy Lomé is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new Primary School building in Atomé, around 55 km from Atakpamé. Funding from the Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program was used for this project. Ambassador Robert E. Whitehead addressed the parents, the teachers and the students, saying, “The Embassy of the United States ...
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Cross Border Financial Crime Investigations Workshop Opened in Lome

On Monday, June 1st, 2015, four special agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) commenced the first of two one-week training sessions on conducting cross-border financial crime investigations. Participants include police, gendarmes, OCTRIDB, CENTIF, customs, and magistrate judges. Ambassador Robert WHITEHEAD and Tchaa Bignosi ...
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Closing Ceremony: Cross Border Financial Investigations Training

Ambassador Robert E. Whitehead closed today, a two week training on “Cross-border Financial Investigations” in Lomé. Experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency conducted these trainings for one hundred police, gendarmerie, and customs officers, as well as judicial and financial experts, to teach them strategies to stop illicit financial ...
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WORLD OCEANS DAY: Embassy and Partners Cleaned Lome Beach

As part of the celebration of World Oceans Day, the Public Affairs Section teamed up with the Embassy’s Green Team and the Togo Fulbright Alumni Association  (TFAA) to hold a beach cleaning on one of Lomé’s notoriously dirty public beaches. Our joint outreach mobilized over 100 “cleaners” – among whom were Embassy employees, students of ...
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USAID Health Project Launched

U.S. Ambassador to Togo Robert E. Whitehead launched on June 18, a major health program called Dindji. The Project aims to enhance the quality of health services and improve the socio-cultural and legal environment primarily for two key populations affected by HIV in the sub-region. Those key populations are female sex workers and men who ...
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The U.S. Department of Defense Funds Construction Amoutiévé New Clinic

Lomé’s Amoutiévé district will soon have a new clinic which construction is fully funded by the U.S.Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program. Ambassador Whitehead, Togbui Adjallé the 6th, and Minister Sémodji attended the ceremonial groundbreaking on the former clinic’s site on May 26. The ambassador expressed his pride to contribute to improving Togo population’s  health ...
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Visit by US Army Africa Commander to Lome

MG Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africom, visited Lome on May 15, where he discussed the U.S.-Togo military relationship with top Togolese officers, including Deputy Chief of Defense Staff COL Komlan Adjitowou and Kouma Biteniwe, cabinet director of the Ministry of Defense. Togo’s military has been a strong partner for the United States ...
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Partnership with North Dakota National Guard

U.S. Ambassador  to Togo, Robert Whitehead, receives an award on May 7, 2015 from Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, for his participation in the  LDESP (Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace) course held in Bismarck, North Dakota. The three-day course was the key activity during a week-long ...
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World Press Freedom Day

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, about 40 Togolese journalists were invited to a digital videoconference co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy to Togo and the Africa Regional Services-Paris on April 30. Ms. Elizabeth Bryant, a Paris-based American journalist conducted the conference and together with the participants, discussed how to manage obstacles to media ...
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Togo’s Presidential Elections

Press Statement Jeff Rathke Acting Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 4, 2015 The United States congratulates the people of Togo on exercising their democratic rights peacefully during the presidential elections. We congratulate President Faure Gnassingbé on his re-election and we echo the preliminary statements of the international observer missions from ECOWAS, ...
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FILBLEU Book Festival

In support of Togo’s FILBLEU book festival, Lome Embassy hosted a conference on the theme “The future of printed books and libraries in an internet world.”  The conference was for a select group of about 60 participants from Togolese government, authors, educators, and students. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Whitehead cited a number of noted ...
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Workshop on the Prevention of HIV-transmission from Mothers to Children with the Togolese Army

The Embassy of the United States, in collaboration with the Togolese Armed Forces (FAT) and the Association of Veterans Affairs Military Friends (AMACACH), organized a three-day refresher workshop highlighting a new protocol for the prevention of HIV-transmission from mothers to children (PMTCT).  The opening workshop’s opening ceremony was held March 25 on the premises of ...
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Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund

U.S. Embassy Lome held a ceremony Friday, January 9th marking the 50th anniversary of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, begun in Togo in 1964. This year, the fund supports twelve small community projects, each of which received their first check. Dana Banks, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., addressed the recipients, saying, “The overall purpose of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help ...
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INL FPU CEOMP Ceremony

U.S. Embassy Lomé is pleased to announce the completion of training of a second Formed Police Unit (FPU) at the Center for Peacekeeping Training (CEOMP). As part of the US’ commitment to supporting the Government of Togo’s continued participation in international peacekeeping missions, several experienced trainers came from the Department of State’s Bureau of International ...
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Togo’s 2nd Female Leadership TechCamp

As part of its programs targeting youth advocacy and women’s empowerment, the Embassy of the United States of America, in cooperation with the Association for Education, Civics and Citizenship, is holding a technology camp for fifty Togolese women aged 18 to 35. The camp, called “Female Leadership TechCamp” takes place 25 to 28 March 2015 ...
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Information on Atlas Program

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years ...
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