Togo Economy

Is Togo a rich country?

Togo has enjoyed a period of steady economic growth fueled by political stability and a concerted effort by the government to modernize the country’s commercial infrastructure, but discontent with President Faure GNASSINGBE has led to a rapid rise in protests, creating downside risks. The country completed an ambitious large-scale infrastructure improvement program, including new principal roads, a new airport terminal, and a new seaport. The economy depends heavily on both commercial and subsistence agriculture, providing employment for around 60% of the labor force. Some basic foodstuffs must still be imported. Cocoa, coffee, and cotton and other agricultural products generate about 20% of export earnings with cotton being the most important cash crop. Togo is among the world's largest producers of phosphate and seeks to develop its carbonate phosphate reserves, which provide more than 20% of export earnings.

Supported by the World Bank and the IMF, the government's decade-long effort to implement economic reform measures, encourage foreign investment, and bring revenues in line with expenditures has moved slowly. Togo completed its IMF Extended Credit Facility in 2011 and reached a Heavily Indebted Poor Country debt relief completion point in 2010 at which 95% of the country's debt was forgiven. Togo continues to work with the IMF on structural reforms, and in January 2017, the IMF signed an Extended Credit Facility arrangement consisting of a three-year $238 million loan package. Progress depends on follow through on privatization, increased transparency in government financial operations, progress toward legislative elections, and continued support from foreign donors.

Togo’s 2017 economic growth probably remained steady at 5.0%, largely driven by infusions of foreign aid, infrastructure investment in its port and mineral industry, and improvements in the business climate. Foreign direct investment inflows have slowed in recent years.

Togo Economy Data

What is the GDP of Togo?

GDP - Gross Domestic Product (PPP) $10,160,000,000 (USD)
GDP - official exchange rate $4,152,000,000 (USD)
GDP - real growth rate 5.4%
GDP Per Capita $1,500.00 (USD)
GDP by Sector- agriculture 29.5%
GDP by Sector- Industry 21%
GDP by Sector- services 49.5%
GDP - composition, by end use household consumption: 90.3%

government consumption: 15.6%

investment in fixed capital: 22.5%

investment in inventories: 26.1%

exports of goods and services: 56.8%

imports of goods and services: -111.3%
Population Below Poverty Line 32%
Inflation Rate 2.6%
Labor Force 2,595,000
Labor Force By Occupation- agriculture 65%
Labor Force By Occupation- industry 5%
Labor Force By Occupation- services 30%
Fiscal Year calendar year
Annual Budget $602,300,000 (USD)
Budget Surplus or Deficit - percent of GDP -3.7%
Taxes and other revenues - percent of GDP 19.2%
Major Industries phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement; handicrafts, textiles, beverages
Industrial Growth Rate 2.5%
Agriculture Products coffee, cocoa, cotton, yams, cassava (tapioca), corn, beans, rice, millet, sorghum; livestock; fish
Child Labor - % of children ages 5-14 47%
Child Labor - # of children ages 5-14 774,801

Labor Force by Occupation- As reported by Togo

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