Government prepares a plan to restructure the military

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Friday, 30 October 2020 16:17
Government prepares a plan to restructure the military

(Togo First) - During its first council of ministers, the new Dogbé government examined the first draft of a bill aimed at restructuring the military over the 2020-2025 period. 

The move aims at helping Togo reinforce its defense and keep the population safe, in a context where terrorism is gaining grounds in the region. 

The law concerning the army’s restructuring falls under the first axis of the new government’s road map. The axis focuses on boosting social inclusion and harmony as well as consolidating peace in the country. 

Regarding the draft bill, it set priorities in terms of defense over the 2021-2025 period. It also details an agenda of military resources, key operations, necessary choices in terms of capacities, and lays out financing needs the defense sector will face in the next five years and more. 

If adopted by the parliament, the new bill would lead to the efficacious equipping of Togo’s military forces, improve military health, and subsequently the national health system. Most importantly it would help strengthen the civilian-military link. The bill, it should be emphasized, integrates a measure tackling gender equity issues in the military. 

It is the first time since 2019 that the ministry of armed forces benefits from such an initiative. The five-year plan to restructure the Togolese army should be steered by Essossimna Marguérite Gnakadé who heads this ministry. 

In Togo, military spending represents slightly less than 2% of the GDP. 

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