Faure Gnassingbé announces upcoming reforms related to civil status

Economic governance
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:51
Faure Gnassingbé announces upcoming reforms related to civil status

(Togo First) - During a meeting held in the past weekend in Elavagnon (230km from Lomé), President Faure Gnassingbé announced a battery of reforms relative to civil status. 

“I would like to tell parents that henceforth, they can get birth certificates for their children freely. To tackle the issue of identification, we will, starting this year, initiate a program that will make sure every Togolese gets an ID number that will play the same role as ID cards,” the leader said while referring to the coming e-ID Togo project. 

The latter was announced in 2018 and should be launched this year. In its framework, every person living in Togo will be given a unique biometric ID number, in the next six years. This number can be used to access public, social and private services, according to the team coordinating the project. 

The e-ID Togo project was conceived in a context where only 25% of the Togolese population has an ID card. According to estimates, it should cost more than XOF20 billion. The project is backed by the World Bank.

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