According to the news agency, AFP, on Thursday, May 12, 2011, France decided to cancel all of Togo's debt, amounting to some 100 million euros, in an effort to encourage the West African nation to pursue economic reforms, France's finance minister said Thursday. According to the Paris Club, an informal alliance of 19 creditor nations of the world's most industrialized nations, Togo, a poor nation of some 6.6 million people took significant steps toward poverty reduction and economic reforms.
As reported by CNN, on May 3, 2011 Togo, released the results of its first census in 29 years. CNN states, "Provisional results put the West African country's population at 5,753,324, more than twice the population in 1981, and show an annual population growth rate of 2.6%." Officials hope census results will allow for more sophisticated economic and policy planning, as well as allowing for greater transparency in next year's parliamentary elections.