In his closing speech at the Pact for Impact Summit in Paris on 11 July 2019, the Prime Minister of Togo, His Excellency Komi Selom KLASSOU, representing the Head of State, pledged to make Togo the hub of social enterprises and the social and solidarity economy in West Africa.
This dynamic is now supported by the National Coalition for Youth Employment (CNEJ). This institution was initiated by the Togolese Government in a context of a strong desire to respond to problems such as high levels of unemployment and underemployment and the lack of a framework for consultation.
Its mission is to position young people, a source of skills and innovation capacities, as a major vector for accelerated and inclusive economic growth.
One of its prerogatives is to contribute to the development of youth entrepreneurship in economic sectors that promote growth and to promote the consolidation and strengthening of innovative financing mechanisms, in consultation with all stakeholders, including technical and financial partners.
Thus, on 25 March 2019, a partnership agreement was signed between the Togolese Government and the Embassy of the United States of America for the creation of a Resource Centre on Social Entrepreneurship and the Social and Solidarity Economy (CeRES) and the organization of an annual conference on social enterprises and corporate social responsibility in Togo.
This year’s international conference on social enterprises and corporate social responsibility was sanctioned by the signing of a partnership agreement between the Togolese Government, the Ecobank ETI Group and the Embassy of the United States of America to set up a mentorship programme for young social entrepreneurs in Togo.
The Resource Centre on Social Entrepreneurship and the Social and Solidarity Economy (CeRES), whose leadership is provided by a member of the SSE International Forum (SSEIF/APES), Mr. Baudouin KOLA, is active in structuring the actors of the social and solidarity economy, including social enterprises and cooperatives, which are well supported and have the capacity to create wealth, create jobs and meet the social needs of communities at the grassroots.
The historical relationship between SSE International Forum and Togo is beginning to bear fruit. The forthcoming participation in the work of the “Pact for Impact” Alliance on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly will be an opportunity for Togo to review the implementation of public policies in support of the social and solidarity economy sector, including a draft framework law in favour of social enterprises and corporate social responsibility in Togo.