Tax digitalization: Lomé hosts regional workshop

Economic governance
Thursday, 21 March 2024 04:54
Tax digitalization: Lomé hosts regional workshop

(Togo First) - Lomé hosts this week a 7-day regional workshop on tax digitalization. Organized by the IMF’s Regional Centre for Technical Support (AFRITAC), the meeting aims to bolster financial and macroeconomic capacities in West Africa, with a focus on digitalization.

Representatives from the eight WAEMU States, Guinea, Mauritania, and experts from the IMF’s Financial Affairs Department and the AFRITAC are taking part in the workshop. The theme is “Digitalization Strategies to Enhance Population Control in West Africa”, and the goal is to help concerned countries enhance their tax base control through digitalization.

At the workshop’s launch, Akou Afidenyigba, the cabinet director of the Togolese Minister of Finance, emphasized Togo’s efforts regarding digitalization. 

Among others, he mentioned the launch of a national strategy for digitalization, in line with the government’s roadmap. The 2025 Togo Digital Strategy includes initiatives like the Novissi cash transfer program and the e-ID Togo project. The former supports the country’s most vulnerable people and the latter aims to provide each citizen with a unique biometric ID number. 

AFRITAC’s West African branch was born in 2003. Based in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), it aims to meet African leaders’ demand for greater technical support. The Centre supports five regional institutions and 10 member States, knowingly: Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

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