Togo : what the youth expect from Faure Gnassingbé’s National Development Plan (NDP)

Komi Dovi Koudo, at the launch of the new National Development Plan (PND, 2018-2022), Monday, March 4, 2019, in Lomé. Photo : ADV

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NEWSROOM (ADV) – Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé’s new national development plan (PND, 2018-2022) raises hopes among young people. Entrepreneur, Komi Dovi Koudou, stood as a proud representative of these youth, during the ceremony launched on Monday, March 4, 2019, in Lomé.

His speech pleased the audience, to the point the head of state, Faure Gnassingbe himself, quoted him several times during his speech. It must be said that Komi Dovi Koudou had the right words to speak to the authorities and decision makers and translate the needs of this segment of the population that does not want to be left on the sidelines.

The Kinkeliba tea producer runs the company Bio Africa, courted by several multinational food companies. Komi comes from a modest family. He embodies today the entrepreneurial face of a Nation in motion. He therefore enjoys a strong legitimacy to “speak” in the name of an impatient youth.

“I speak on behalf of the seller of Ayomolou of Tsévié, the welder of Bassar, the market woman of the big market, the student of the University of Kara, the Zémidjan of the Atakpamé market, the CEG student of Bè-plage … In short, on behalf of all the components of our nation,” Komi Dovi Koudou launched.

Before continuing, “In recent years, two concepts have often returned to government programs: inclusive growth and shared prosperity.” He added, that he has no doubt about President Faure Gnassingbe’s commitment to “keeping his promises, especially with regard to vulnerable populations and, above all, the youth. ”

According to Komi Dovi Koudou, with regards to the difficulties young Togolese face in the labor markets, only a set of long-term concerted actions, covering a wide range of policies and programs, will ensure their employment.

In fact, President Faure Gnassingbe’s PND should provide economic opportunities for young people and vulnerable populations. Especially young women and men from all five regions of the country.

According to the strategic document consulted by African Daily Voice (ADV), the repository will cost about CFAF 4,622 billion. The private sector will contribute about 2999.1 billion FCFA, or 65% of the overall cost of the NDP. The State’s contribution is around CFAF 1623.1 billion, or 35% of the budget needed to finance this five-year program.

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