Coat of arms: there are two red lions to be seen, which symbolize the bravery of the people. The bow and arrow call for all citizens to be active in the defense of freedom of the country. Between the lions is a golden shield with the letters RT (République Togolaise) to be seen. Above the flag of Togo is displayed twice. On the ribbon stands «Travail, Liberté, Patrie» (Work, Liberty, Homeland).
Flag: has five equal horizontal bands of green (top and bottom) alternating with yellow. There is a white five-pointed star on a red square in the upper hoist-side corner. It uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia, but the design resembles the flag of Liberia which itself echoes the flag of the United States.
The colors of the flag are meant to symbolize
- Red: Represents blood shed by Martyrs to gain independence;
- White: Represents hope, star of hope;
- Green: Represents the forests, Agriculture, nature, and overall hope for the future;
- Yellow: Represents natural resources of the country.
- Anthem: «Salut à toi, pays de nos aïeux» is the national anthem of Togo.
- Official languages: French.
- Geographical location: it is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north.
- Administrative divisions: Togo is divided into five regions, which are subdivided in turn into 30 prefectures.
- Capital: Lomé.
- Governance: the politics of Togo takes place in a framework of a presidential republic, whereby the President of Togo is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament.
- Population: 7.30 million.
- Currency: West African CFA franc.
- GDP: $4 billion.
- Time zone: GMT.
- Telephone code: +228.
- Barcode: 768.
Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Togo
Togo is an agrarian country, which is dependent on commercial and subsistence agriculture. The country is rich in phosphates. About 40% of its export earnings come from cocoa, coffee and cotton. Cotton is the most important export item. Togo is one of the biggest phosphates producers and seeks to develop its reserves.
In 2016, Togo imported $1.85 billion worth of goods (a 1.6% decrease as compared to 2015). China (22.9%), Belgium (20.3%), the Netherlands (11.9%), France (6.6%), India (4.8%) and Singapore (4.4%) are the main countries, exporting their products to Togo.
Togo's Most Valuable Import Products in 2016:
- Machinery and equipment;
- Food products;
In 2016, Togo exported $1.2 billion worth of goods (a 3.8% decrease as compared to 2015). Trade deficit amounted to $0.65 billion.
Togo's Most Valuable Export Products in 2016:
The main trade partners of the country are China, Belgium, India, the Netherlands, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Lebanon, France and Nigeria.
In 2016, Belarus supplied $1.3512 million worth of goods to Togo, Belarusian exports to this country increased in 1 126 times as compared to 2015. An increase amounted to $1.350 million. In 2016, Belarus started to supply goods of 6 commodity headings ($1.3512 million) and halted to supply goods of 1 commodity heading ($1.2 thousand).
The line of Belarusian products, supplied to Togo, is constantly changing. In 2015, Belarus supplied only electrical machinery and equipment to this country. In 2016, Belarus mainly exported potassic fertilizers and ceramic tile, which accounted for $1.2401 million or 91.7% in Belarus's total exports to Togo.
Belarus's most valuable products, imported by Togo
Exports, in thousand U.S. dollars
The share of Belarusian products in Togolese imports, %
Belarus's most promising products to export to Togo:
- Trucks with increased lift capacity;
- Milk concentrated and in powder, cheese, yogurt;
- Sunflower oil;
- Confectionery (candies, biscuits, marshmallow);
- Wines, liqueurs;
- Chlorine to purify water;
- Building paints, varnishes;
- Cosmetics, perfumes and toilet waters;
- Constructional elements, plates, tubes, hoses of plastics;
- Tubes, pipes, hoses of rubber;
- Handbags, suitcases;
- Napkins, towels of paper;
- Stationery of paper and paperboard;
- Carpets (prayer rugs);
- Knitted clothing;
- Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen;
- Curtains, drapes;
- Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds;
- Women's wigs;
- Sanitary ware;
- Containers for compressed or liquefied gas;
- Aluminium structures;
- Tool kits for retail trade;
- Refrigerators, freezers;
- Road construction and construction machinery;
- Agricultural machinery and mowers;
- Electrical transformers;
- Uninterruptible power systems;
- Power-driven pumps;
- Microphones, loudspeakers, sound amplifiers;
- Video recording apparatus;
- Radio navigational aid apparatus;
- Monitors and projectors;
- Insulated wire, cables;
- Optical fibre cables;
- Instruments and apparatus;
- Children's toys.
In 2016, Belarusian exports to Togo decreased, because of recession in Africa.
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