Cina Lawson

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Cina Lawson
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Cina Lawson in 2012
Togolese Minister of Post and Digital Economy
Assumed office
17 September 2013
President Faure Gnassingbé
Prime Minister Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu
Togolese Minister of Post and Telecommunications
In office
28 May 2010 – 16 September 2013
Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo
Personal details
Nationality Togolese
Alma mater Institut d'études politiques de Paris
John F. Kennedy School of Government

Cina Lawson (*1973) is a Togolese politician. She is credited for introducing several changes to Togo's Internet infrastructure by opening the door to other Internet players in order to lower the cost of Internet access in the small African country. She is currently the Minister of Post and Digital Economy in the second government of Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu.[1] Previously, since May 28, 2010 she has been the Minister of Post and Telecommunications under Gilbert Houngbo[2] and from July 19, 2012 to September 16, 2013 under Ahoomey-Zunu’s first government.[3][4]


Lawson began her studies at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris in 1994 and graduated with a degree in Economics and Finance in 1996. A year later she completed a DEA (postgraduate degree) in applied economics.[5] She earned a master's degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[6]


Lawson began her career at the World Bank, where she worked on telecom restructuring projects in developing countries focusing on regulatory reforms from 1998 to 2000. She was Manager of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Orange Business Services from 2005 to 2010.[6][7][8] As a government minister Lawson is currently overseeing the tendering process for a third mobile phone company to operate in Togo. The deadline is January 2015.[9]


In March 2012 the World Economic Forum named Lawson “Young Global Leader”.[10]


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