Although Togo reports relatively low numbers of 13,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 125 deaths, the West African nation has upheld strict emergency sanitary measures since April last year.
A move that indirectly dealt a blow to its agriculture-dependent economy which relies heavily on cross-frontier trade.
Togo's western and eastern borders are only 50 kilometres apart at its southern tip.
As the country's borders still remain closed, business and exports, as usual, are blocked between several of its neighbours in the region — such as states like Ghana, Benin and Ivory Coast.
Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin were among the top five destinations for Togo's exports in 2019, according to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Economic growth was estimated at 1.8% for 2020 compared to a forecast of 5.5%, according to official figures.
Emmanuel Sogadji, the president of the Togo Consumers'