World Bank delivers fertilizer to Togo and commits to higher education
World Bank boss David Malpass in New York, December 1, 2022 (illustration image). REUTERS - ANDREW KELLY
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After his visit to Niger, the President of the World Bank's David Malpass Group was in Lomé to discuss the World Bank's strategic interventions in Togo, particularly with regard to food insecurity and education.
With our correspondent in Lomé, Peter Sassou Dogbé
The President of the World Bank Group visited the Autonomous Port of Lomé on Friday, March 31. In his luggage, he brought 34,000 tons of fertilizer to improve agricultural production in the difficult context of the war in Ukraine.
Second stop, the visit of the University of Lomé where he attended the signing of an agreement with Clark-Atlanta University. The World Bank is largely committed to this rapprochement.
Agreement with an American university
This agreement should make it possible to broaden the possibilities offered to students, but also to teachers in the field of research. For David Malpass, Africa's economic transformation depends on training: "These commitments, along with the partnerships as announced today between Clark-Atlanta University and the University of Lomé, are creating significant change, contributing to the continent's efforts to produce the critical mass of highly skilled labour and the results of the research needed to address local and regional development challenges in various sectors. priorities," he said.
For his part, the Togolese Minister of Higher Education, Majesty Ihou Watéba, welcomed the signing of an agreement. But he expects this partnership to bring students back home. "It would therefore be necessary, if it is not yet written in this partnership, that we really inscribe the notion of return of the executives we have trained," he said.
The World Bank's current portfolio in Togo is $955 million. It covers many sectors such as education, from primary to higher education, in specific areas such as agriculture and the environment.
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