Abdallah Boureima, chairman of the WAEMU commission (L) and Sani Yaya, Togolese Minister of Economy and Finance(R) (Picture AGD/P.S)

The main goal of this review is to accelerate the pace of internationalization of WAEMU reforms, policies and programs to deepen regional integration in all areas.

"The exercise makes it possible to improve the level and the quality of implementation of the Union's policies, programs and projects, to promote the transposition of Community directives and texts, to strengthen the level of national consultation with the Commission, to identify the difficulties and potential pitfalls that would hinder the proper execution of community projects", said Sani Yaya, Togolese Minister of Economy and Finance

"The government remains committed to implementing and supporting reforms to ensure balanced economic development of the Union and our country for the well-being of the people," added him.

The flagship reform implemented which is at the heart of public financial management is related to results-based management, particularly the implementation of the program budget.

"This is the fifth edition of the review and significant progress has been made in terms of consolidating and modernizing the evaluation exercise of the community's reforms, policies, programs and projects. Based on the evaluation, it appears that in 2019, Togo shows a rate of implementation of the reforms of 71% against 64% in 2018," said Abdallah Boureima, chairman of the WAEMU commission.

Encouraging results for Togo

In the sector of agriculture, fix of the six texts assessed are partially applied (seeds, pesticides, fisheries resources, plant, animal and food safety). The Veterinary Pharmacy Directive is 100% applied.

At the level of community projects, the projected level of investment is 25.456 billion. 14 programs have been evaluated and cover 03 areas.

With regard to agriculture, livestock, fisheries, environment, water and mining; 16.405 billion projected investment with a physical progress rate of 68% with a disbursement level of 52% for 09 projects and programs.

These include:

1- The development project of 500 ha of agro-silvo-pastoral and halieutic perimeter in Togo records a physical implementation rate of 97% with 5 years 7 months as delay.

2- The construction project of the conservation warehouses records a physical execution rate of 95% with 4 years as delay.

3- The program of multipurpose arrangements for food security records a physical implementation rate of 72.50% with a delay of 1 year 7 months.

4- The project to fight anthrax in Togo recorded a physical implementation rate of 90% with 9 months as delay

5- The project to support the structuring of the rice sector records a physical implementation rate of 36% with a delay of 8 months.

6- The project to support the structuring of the corn sector has an implementation rate of 45% with a delay of 6 months.

7- The IsDB-WAEMU program of hydraulic and sanitation in rural areas records an implementation rate of 46.30% at 4 months from the end of the program.

8- The project for the construction of cattle market in Tsevie and the finalization of the cross-border livestock market in cinkasse recorded an implementation rate of 37.50% at 5 months of the closure of the project.

9- The project for strengthening the conservation of the national system of protected areas in Togo (PRAPT) records an implementation rate of 92% 7 months before the end of the project.

What about the other sectors?

For energy, crafts and metrology, the projected investment is 7.81 billion. It concerns:

1- The project for strengthening and construction of electrical power supplies (distribution component) has an execution rate of 65% and is running normally.

2- Part 2 of the first phase of the Regional Program for the Development of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (PRODERE) in Togo has an execution rate of 100%.

Recommendations for Togo

The Committee calls for the necessary measures to be taken rapidly to transpose directives, in particular those relating to competition, free movement and the right of establishment of liberal professions to the financial system of local authorities.

On the other hand, the country is urged to continue its efforts to meet the criterion of the ratio of outstanding domestic and foreign debt to nominal GDP, and the other two second-tier criteria in the context of compliance with the convergence pact, stability, growth and solidarity.

 

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