Reforms relative to property registration

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Reforms relative to Registering property

Out of all the 'Doing Business’ indicators, Property Registration is where Togo has improved the most since 2018. Indeed, after spending years in the lowest part of this ranking, the country now seeks to beat Rwanda which is the best performer on this index in Africa. To do so, Lomé has been introducing many reforms, with the latest batch implemented this year.

 

Reduction in delays to issue descriptive statements

Since October 2019, opening hours to submit and collect descriptive statements and get information are as follow:

Submission hours: 8 AM - 12PM

Collection hours: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Visit the website for information

 

Significant reduction in delays for proceeding to full transfers

On average, it now takes between 9 and 10 days to complete the full property transfer process

 

Creation of a digital land-related database

Launched in 2007, this database  keeps track of the full history (creation, parcelling, cancellation) of any given land title, especially related charges (sales, mortgages, collateral, etc.). It also eased the dematerialization of procedures involved in the application for descriptive statements and full transfers.

 

Digitization of land titles

As of December 31, 2019, almost every land title had been scanned and added to a digital database.

In effect, exactly 41,799 titles were dematerialized out of 42,072 titles issued until that date.

 

At present, it takes at most 10 days to proceed to a full transfer

All cadastral maps in the Grand Lomé region region have been digitized

As part of the creation of the one-stop shop GFU and the registration of all lands in the country, Togo’s cadastral maps are being digitized from May 2018, starting with the Grand Lomé region. Hence, since January 2020 all cadastral maps in Grand Lomé (2,568 in total) have been digitized and inserted in a database.

 

Creation of an autonomous land complaint mechanism

A Land complaint section was established within the Quality Assurance  Division of the Internal Audit and Quality Assurance Directorate. The latter is independent from the Tax Commissioner’s office which oversees the Directorate for cadastre and land conservation, which must know all complaints related to land and cadastral issues.

Complaints addressed to the new section are received by the head of the Internal Audit and Quality Assurance Directorate. Once a complaint  is lodged, the land complaint section has 48 hours to act upon it.

 

 Statistics related to transfers are published on the website monthly

All figures concerning full transfers are now published every month on the website of the Directorate for Cadastre, land conservation and registration - DCCFE.

 

National database created to check documentation authenticity with ID

The database of the Directorate for Cadastre, land conservation and registration (DCCFE) is directly connected to that of the General Directorate for National Documentation, the DGDN. This way, it is easier for the DGCFE to get information from the DGDN when needed.

 

Statistics related to land conflicts  are published by the Tribunal and can be accessed online

In 2019, 61% of a total of 4,257 land conflicts were registered, against 74% in 2018, and 76% in 2017.

 

Requests for full transfers and descriptive statements can be submitted online

The e-foncier digital platform allows one to make inquiries, apply for a descriptive statement, apply for property transfer. To promote its use, authorities have enabled its users to get information, apply for and make copies of descriptive statements on  the platform. The incentive is valid from February 3, 2020 to August 3, 2020.

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ENFORCING CONTRACTS (more info)

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CONTRACT EXECUTION (more info)

Creation of special chambers of commerce for small debts  • Creation of chambers of commerce at the Court of Appeal  • Civil and commercial cases now handled by distinct clerks  • Establishment of commercial courts in Lomé and Kara  • Lawyers and bailiffs now have access to the FORSETI COMMERCIAL platform • A maximum period of 100 days was fixed to settle a commercial dispute .

 

TRADING ACROSS BORDERS (more info)

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CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (more info)

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GETTING ELECTRICITY (more info)

Over the past two years, Togo’s ranking under the Doing Business’ Getting electricity and water indicator has increased consistently. Owing this performance to multiple reforms aimed at making it easier for businesses to access power and water, Lomé plans to introduce even more reforms this year to keep up its improvements.

 

REGISTERING A PROPERTY  (more info)

Out of all the 'Doing Business’ indicators, Property Registration is where Togo has improved the most since 2018. Indeed, after spending years in the lowest part of this ranking, the country now seeks to beat Rwanda which is the best performer on this index in Africa. To do so, Lomé has been introducing many reforms, with the latest batch implemented this year.

 

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (more info)

From professionalization to digitization, through legislative regulations, Togo’s public procurement framework is constantly being modernized. Several reforms have been implemented to improve the sector much to the benefit of the private sector, which is the focus of the National Development Plan.

 

PAYING TAXES AND DUTIES (more info)

To improve its business environment, Togo introduced some important reforms related to the payment of tax and duties. From the replacement of some taxes to the cancellation of others through exemptions, the country has only one objective: offer the most attractive tax framework to investors and economic operators. To achieve this, the authorities relied on digitization.

 

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