Reforms relative to trading across borders

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A major reform introduced to improve trading across borders is the implementation of an electronic single-window system in 2015.

 

This platform optimizes, manages, and automates all of Togo’s port, airport and logistical processes.

 

What it does:

  • Secures State activities and revenue as well as operators’ data.
  • Digitalizes and simplifies processes, controls, and documents (La Digitalisation, la simplification des procédures, contrôles et documents (such as goods manifests).
  • Tracks all activities along the chain of logistics
  • Ensures interoperability with all the data systems of operators.
  • Speeds up the transit time of goods: less than four days to date (in 2015-2017, this period had decreased by 30%).

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REFORMS OVERVIEW

 

 

 

 

STARTING A BUSINESS (more info)

Drastic reduction in the time needed to register a business at the one-stop shop CFE  • Possibility to create an LLC by private deed  • Liberalization of the social capital and nominal value of social shares • Cancellation of registration fees and stamp duties while starting a business • Online registration of a business  • Interconnecting business databases.

 

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)

Creation of an electronic single-window system for external trade .

 

CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (more info)

Dematerialization of the application process  •Launching of an insurance  • Control of quality during and after construction  •Compulsory credentials for the expert in charge of the construction’s supervision • Delays and procedures reduced

 

GETTING ELECTRICITY (more info)

Reduction of the time needed to process a request for connection  • Reduction of 50% of the cost to get connected to the medium-tension grid  • Improved power supply ● Dematerialization and centralization of information, and of the procedures of claims and payments .

 

PROPERTY REGISTRATION (more info)

Reduction of registration fees  • Only XOF35000 to pay for property transfers  • Digitization of land deeds  • The descriptive statement of the land title is issued in 48 hours only!  • Substantial reduction in the time needed to process a full transfer request • Creation of a Property Transfer Office  • Cancellation of second and third stamp duties  • Creation of a one-stop shop for land titles, available online also  • Free access to land data for all .

 

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