WAEMU: Togo performs well on fiscal transition front

Economic governance
Tuesday, 09 April 2024 19:44
WAEMU: Togo performs well on fiscal transition front

(Togo First) - Togo's performance in fiscal transition within the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) is commendable, aligning well with the Union’s objectives. Despite facing a complex and uncertain macroeconomic environment, overall performance in the fourth quarter of 2023 remained positive. As per the monitoring report prepared by the National Committee for Monitoring the Fiscal Transition Program (CNPTF), adherence to both the primary and secondary criteria set by the Commission signifies the effectiveness of fiscal transition in the country.

The successful fiscal transition in Togo has been facilitated by implementing measures related to domestic and gateway taxation, along with the incorporation of community directives into domestic legislation. Upon closer examination, the analysis of tax revenues reveals a predominance of indirect tax revenues over direct taxes, signalling specific challenges that need to be addressed.

Despite notable progress, certain performance indicators still fall below the thresholds set by the UEMOA for the year 2023. For instance, the tax pressure rate, currently at 14.7%, remains below the community target of 20%.

It's important to note that the fiscal transition program was initiated in 2009 by the UEMOA Commission, aiming to harmonize the establishment of a free trade zone with the optimization of national resources. The program aims to gradually shift tax pressure from gateway taxation to domestic taxation while strengthening the common market.

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