Public procurement : Govt’ should reduce provision delays soon

Monday, 15 November 2021 15:41
Public procurement : Govt’ should reduce provision delays soon

(Togo First) - Companies that handle road construction and expansion works in Togo’s rural areas could soon get contracts faster. The related suggestion was made by the Minister of rural roads, Bouraima Kanfitine Tchédé-Issa, during the latest council of ministers.

“This sector faces great challenges in regards to the time taken to complete projects, notably because it is impossible to work during the rainy season,” the minister said. According to the minutes of the council, the official “seeks the council’s approval for a strategy including amendments to procedures and measures to accelerate planned actions”.

The minister added that the strategy, which also aims to improve the public procurement framework, should most importantly allow the government to better tackle delays recorded in rural development (road construction and expansion) projects.

By 2025, Togo plans to build 4,000 km of rural roads across its five (5) economic regions. The project aims at helping people living in rural areas access basic socio-economic infrastructure more easily, but also opening up zones with a strong potential for farming - places where cotton, coffee, and cocoa can be grown for example.

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