Victoire Tomegah Dogbe has been sworn in as Togolese prime minister, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the West African country.
Sixty-year-old Dogbe was appointed by the president of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe and sworn in on Monday 29th September, replacing Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned after having served since 2015.
Dogbe, who is well experienced in issues of administration and governance, has a huge task at hand as she has to come up with sustainable plans and policies to ease the economic hardship in a country where half the population (around four million people) lives below the poverty datum line, according to the International Monetary Fund’s 2014 report.
There is high hope that her reforms and vast experience will help the country achieve the long-awaited economic revival.
Parliamentarians and observers have all eyes on her, and Dogbe has a reputation of success, having served as Togo’s minister of youth and grassroots development. She has played a pivotal role in fighting youth unemployment and poverty through reforms that have earned her a lot of respect.
Prior to being the youth minister, she was the chief of staff and director of cabinet.
Her appointment comes 60 years after Togo gained its independence and at a time when Africa currently has only one female president, Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde, who was elected in 2018.