Regional integration: WAEMU Commission reviews reform implementation in Togo and other states

Economic governance
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 16:58
Regional integration: WAEMU Commission reviews reform implementation in Togo and other states

(Togo First) - This week, the commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) is assessing in Lomé the implementation of political reforms, community projects, and programs in Togo. The initiative falls under the commission’s sixth reform review, focused on accelerating regional integration. In detail, 116 regulations, as well as 11 community programs and projects will be reviewed.

These aim at ensuring the efficient harmonization of national laws, the coordination of the sectoral policy, and the good execution of community reforms, programs, and projects. 

“This initiative encourages emulation among the various member States since its goal is to determine each State’s integration level,” said Raymond Kripkeu, country representative of the Commission. Regarding Togo, the WAEMU commission notes that it made progress relative to the implementation of the reforms concerned. 

Indeed, Togolese authorities indicate that “in 2017, our reform implementation rate was around 62% and 64% in 2018. In 2019, Togo recorded a significant jump to 71%.” Concerning community projects, the country’s implementation rate is 66%. 

This puts Togo among the WAEMU States making substantial progress. 

Nevertheless, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on reform implementation must be assessed to have a clear picture of the country’s performances relative to the implementation of reforms aimed at fostering regional integration. The pandemic has indeed greatly affected not only Togo’s but the plans of all WAEMU member States in this regard. 

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