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May 23, 2013
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2012 has been a turbulent year in Togo. Market fires in Lomé and Kara have triggered conspiracy theories. Senior opposition figures have been arrested. Journalists have been restive. Public sector workers have been on strike. Samuel Kowouto, the US representative of FRAC explains.
Several members of the opposition parties’ coalition, let’s save Togo were indicted just after the fires in the market places of Lomè and Kara, slowing down its protest actions.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
A three-day international meeting of African countries and the Franc zone is underway here in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to discuss regional single currency regimes on the continent.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and The World Bank (WB) have joined forces to help strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement through collaboration among government, civil society and the private sector.
According to The World Bank, public procurement represents about 50% to 70% of total government spending in many developing countries. It is also a major source of revenue to the private sector.
Lawyers defending Togo’s former defense Minister Kpatcha Gnassingbe, who is brother of President Faur Gnassingbe, are requesting his release along with others held in connection with plotting against the state.
In Togo, hundreds of prisoners have been released on parole.
This move has been made because of renovation works launched by prison authorities in all of the country’s detention centers.
The World Bank has approved a US$90 million grant to finance the Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Project.
Two West African neighbours, Ghana and Togo have signed a water agreement worth millions of US dollars
Both countries are members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)..
Togo and its development partners are currently engaged in talks to discuss the country’s rising unemployment figures.