Togo: Parliament passes new land code

Economic governance
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:42
Togo: Parliament passes new land code

(Togo First) - All deputies adopted on June 5, 2018, the new land code, thus replacing the former which was passed 40 years ago. This will help resolve the many related conflicts currently pending in court – more than 70% of all pending conflicts to be exact.

The new bill breaks down into 736 articles which set the foundations for a more modern institutional land management framework. With it, it will be easy for any rightful owner to defend their property.

The new code takes into consideration both socio-economic and cultural challenges recorded in Togo, correcting inconsistencies inherited from the previous code. The document aims at making land transactions safer, but also tackles land speculation and expropriation.

Moreover, it proposes a battery of innovative answers to foster agricultural development, and boost State’s revenues through the establishment of a single land desk. More importantly, the code aims to deal with multiple registration of one land, construction in flood-prone areas, sell-off of rural lands, and attract foreign investors.

This new land code is a tool that is much adapted to current realities. It should enable judges to better handle related conflicts preventing multiple sales and other cases that end up in courts,” said Dama Dramani, president of the National Assembly.

Let’s highlight that with the new code, the operational stage of MCC’s Threshold program which land sector is to benefit from, will begin. The latter will first be implemented in five pilot towns.

Fiacre E. Kakpo

 
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