Togo prepares a new Code of urbanism and construction

Economic governance
Friday, 18 October 2019 18:20
Togo prepares a new Code of urbanism and construction

(Togo First) - Togo's government plans to revise all its existing urban laws and regroup them into a new Code of Urbanism and Construction.

Mainly, the revision covers "all facets of urbanization and construction, as an expression of urban policies. This includes its objectives, methods, resources, tools for urban planning and management, its spatial intervention framework."

The preparation of the new code falls under the Urban Development and Infrastructure Project (PIDU) which is financed with a loan from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA).

This is a movement that emerged from "an urgent need to efficiently monitor the physical transformation of cities, land occupation and use, as well as achieve harmonious development of urban infrastructures."

Data from the National Institute of Statistics, Economic and Demographic Studies (INSEED), relayed by the PIDU, shows that nearly 3,094,100 people live in Togo's urban areas. This represents 42.1% of the country's overall population.

In 2020, this figure is expected to reach 3,351,800 inhabitants or 43.5% of the total population. Meanwhile, let's note, the number of secondary towns with more than 50,000 residents grew from one to six between 1990 and 2010.

According to public policies, to create jobs and wealth, urbanization has to be controlled and oriented for sustainable development. Controlling urbanization, however, involves revising the code of urbanism and construction, all related rules and institutions concerning urban development and planning.

The new code will add to the estate and land code.

Séna Akoda

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