On March 22, 2017, members of the Anti-Corruption Network (Réseau Anti-corruption (RAC –Togo) held a press conference in the headquarter of Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement (ANCE-Togo) on the situation of infrastructure in Togo. After a careful analysis of the situation in this sector, and taking into consideration its importance in the national budget, the decision-makers of the network invited all stakeholders for more accountability, quality and transparency in this sector.
In 2017, the budget is rising to 1,227.4 billion francs CFA, an increase of 21% in comparison with 2016 budget. The government intends to rely on public-private partnership to invest in road infrastructures, 48% of the budget will be allocated to social sectors and the Emergency Community Development Program. In 2016 fiscal year, the budget expenditures were 1,002.2 billion CFA against 827.2 billion in 2015, an increase of 21.1%. For instance in 2016, the strengthening of economic infrastructures was 25.1% of the budget against 21.5% in 2015.
Although valuable progress has been made, the building of infrastructures in Togo has known major challenges, notably, poor quality of some facilities, works start but never end or end with big delay, poor transparency in public procurement, etc., in violation of the law n°2009-013 on public procurements and delegation to public procurement and its implementing decree (Decree n° 2009-277/PR on public procurement code and delegation to public procurements), and the efforts undertaken by Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (ARMP).
Dr. Ebeh K. Fabrice, RAC-Togo Executive Secretary, expressed appreciation for all Government’s effort in promoting economic and financial good governance, the fight against corruption and transparency in public procurement in Togo. He also appreciates Government’s effort in building road infrastructures and asks all stakeholders to collaborate for more transparency in the management of funds allocated, quality of works produced and compliance with specifications to meet Government target objectives, mainly Togo sustainable development. RAC-Togo asks the government to carry out regular audits of the management of Togo infrastructures.
RAC-Togo is planning to implement many activities to support the fight against corruption, transparency in public procurements and mainly members’ capacity building, the mapping of infrastructures’ project and M&E activities.
The Réseau Anti-Corruption Togo (RAC-TOGO) was created on July 6, 2015. It’s composed of about 40 NGOs, professional unions and private media. RAC-Togo board of Directors has 11 elected members by the General Assembly. The objective of RAC-Togo is to support the implementation and the operationalization of CSOs platform on the fight against corruption; inform citizens and communities on the negative impact of corruption on the development; build the capacity of different stakeholders (public agents, private sector and Civil Society organization) on national and international instruments to fight against corruption; support legal and institutional reforms regarding corruption; support the implementation of law on corruption through investigation activities, operations/arrests and legal and judicial assistance. RAC-TOGO Executive Secretariat is located in the NGO ANCE-Togo head office.
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