BOAD and the Ministry of Sports and Leisure Activities have signed a Framework Partnership Agreement for the promotion of sports in schools and universities in Togo

Lomé, 23 March 2022. Mr. Serge Ekue, President of the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and Dr. Lidi Bessi Kama, Minister of Sports and Leisure Activities, signed a Framework Partnership Agreement aimed at promoting sports in schools and universities in the country. The official signing ceremony took place in the function room of the said ministry.

Under this agreement, the two institutions are committed to (i) providing each of the seven educational regions of Togo with nine multi-sport platforms for hand sports; (ii) reviving school and university championships; (iii) educating youth in civics and citizenship; and (iv) promoting the values and tenets upheld by BOAD. For each of these areas, BOAD’s contribution will be made on a case-by-case basis under mutually agreed terms.

Under the national development plan, the Togolese Government intends to promote sports and leisure activities not only as a real means to fulfill social development, social cohesion and strengthened national unity, but also as a means to create wealth and provide jobs.

For President Serge Ekue: “Physical and sports education in schools is a factor for success and development for our children, both physically and mentally. It is a factor for integration and prevention of school dropout and violence”.

Hence, BOAD intends to promote this as an initiative in the West African sub-region


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