An institutional strengthening agreement was reached between the Togolese permanent council of the chamber of crafts (CP-CRM) and Cologne Chamber of Crafts of Germany in Lome recently. Kadaring Komi, director in charge of crafts in Togo, and the German ambassador to Togo, Christoph Sander, signed the documentation.
The two parties hope such an agreement will enable institutional building of CP-CRM and enhance national representation of 3 in Togo. The competitiveness of small and medium-sized businesses in the West African country will also get a boost. The partnership project will benefit financing from the German federal minister of economic cooperation and development. This will be achieved through the Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational TraininMngimNkmg, a German non-profit development agency.
“Handicraft contributes to unemployment reduction, local raw material valorization and to the fight against rural migration as well as to emigration toward overseas,” said Kadaring Komi.
“Handicraft is the crossroad of culture, vocation training and tourism as well as a significant source of income,” he added.
The development of effective administration and management structures is one aspect of the partnership, while the focus is on the set-up and offer of relevant services for local small and micro enterprises. In addition to the strengthening of the local skilled crafts, the chambers will be able to achieve a more reliable income and in turn to offer better services.
In addition, the Cologne Chamber of Crafts will provide know-how for its partners in Togo on how to improve representation of interests and lobbying for their members. A set-up of cross-regional exchange in West Africa will enable the local chambers to learn from each other, to showcase best practices, and to develop relevant solutions within the local context.