JICA is still with Togo and will stay there

Since then, more than 36 billion Japanese yen (182 billion CFA and more), have been disbursed by Japan for achievements in favor of the development of Togo.

The coordinator of JICA in Togo, Tomoko Ebihara and Komlagan Akpoto, Director of Bilateral Cooperation visited the sites of Japanese achievements in the country.

"The results were satisfactory and encouraging", unanimously greet the delegation at the end of the tour.

Dankpen and Oti prefectures opened up

JICA's actions in Togo are mainly focused on developing the logistics corridor, improving social services and reducing inequalities. As part of the development of the logistics corridor, it launched extensive strategic projects for the country to strengthen the architecture of economic infrastructure.

Two bridges are under construction on Kara and Koumongou rivers (north-west of the country) and financed by the agency up to 15.8 billion CFA. The aim is to open up Dankpen and Oti prefectures, the first beneficiaries.

"The project is already 97% completed and will be delivered in 10 months", reassures Masahiro Shiratori, responsible for the supervision of the works.

Drinking water for 20,000 people and a new fishing port

In all, 100 structures equipped with human-powered pump (PMH) and 10 mini motor pump waterworks have been installed since 2013 in maritime and savannah regions.

Beneficiaries were satisfied

The works cost more than $ 5 billion and improved access to basic social services, especially access to safe drinking water.  Beneficiaries (20,000) are looking forward to it and want more drilling for more people to be served.

During the same period, several Togolese have seen their capacities strengthened and the construction of the new fishing port is underway. The new fishing port financed by the agency will cost more than 16 billion CFA. 

To date, the work is 85% completed and should be delivered by March 2019. Its operationalization will create more than 5 thousand jobs, improve the balance of trade and food security of the country.

"The funding is not a Santa Claus gift," says Ebihara Tomoko, Japan's Official Development Assistance Coordinator. "This money comes from Japanese taxpayers who transmits the high expectations of a tangible result," she clarified adding that "JICA's funding goes through three modalities: technical cooperation, non-repayable financial assistance and concessional lending".

The satisfactory results of the achievements over the last 7 years in Togo encourage JICA to continue its cooperation with the country.  "JICA is still with Togo and will stay there," repeats the representative of the Japanese agency.

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