Togolese public procurement regulator unveils new reform

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Thursday, 22 December 2022 16:57
Togolese public procurement regulator unveils new reform

(Togo First) - In Togo, the public procurement regulator, ARCOP, met with the press and other concerned actors last Tuesday, December 20. On the occasion, the regulator unveiled its new legal framework. 

“The ultimate goal is to achieve a better quality of investments, attract more investors in the country, and allow the country to record the best growth performances for the good of the people,” said ARCOP’s director-general during the meeting.

Under the new reform, the ARCOP now covers public-private partnerships (PPPs) and is attached to the Presidency. Also, some of its departments have been transformed or replaced. This is the case of the public procurement provision commission which has been replaced by a cell for public procurement management; the latter is required to have a public procurement expert or specialist.

According to the ARCOP’s boss, the new reform aligns with current standards regarding public procurement.

Besides structural changes, the reform enabled a reduction in the completion time of most procedures. The regulator explained that the change should ensure greater efficiency in the procurement-awarding process and use of investment funds. For example, the average time for awarding contracts, initially 180 days, fell to 90 days. Similarly, the time limit for appeals dropped from 15 working days to 7 calendar days.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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