Togo engages land reforms to reduce related conflicts

Economic governance
Thursday, 08 March 2018 17:44
Togo engages land reforms to reduce related conflicts

(Togo First) - During the recent ministers’ council held on March 7, 2018, a bill for a new land and State property code was adopted. This is as previous laws were outdated causing a rise in the number of land-related conflicts.

The new bill should thus help “handle the consequences of strong land pressures caused by a rapid growth of population”. In addition, it will also allow to “satisfy requirements of sustainable growth in Togo, without tearing the country’s social fabric” and even “tackle shortcomings of land governance in order to promote social peace and make the economy more attractive”.

Knowing that land management is one of the major challenges to Togo’s emergence and the implementation of an efficient construction policy for social housing, the upcoming reform is quite opportune.

It will also facilitate the implementation of a national agricultural strategy that will foster the development of agriculture which is the economy’s main driving force.

In the long run, it will improve land management making it more efficient and sustainable, in line with objectives announced in 2009 by African Union’s Heads of States.

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