Togo seeks to reform the Economic and Social Council

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 17:42
Togo seeks to reform the Economic and Social Council

(Togo First) - The Togolese government wants to reform its Economic and Social Council (CES). The Council of Ministers approved last Saturday, a draft organic bill aimed at making significant changes to the law in force since 2019, which governs the composition, organization, and operation of the CES. 

Lomé explained that the revision stems from the need to remedy certain shortcomings of the previous law, notably concerning the appointment of members, their distribution by sector of activity, and their mode of remuneration.

The new bill, currently under discussion, aims primarily to clarify and strengthen the CES's remit, modernize the process of appointing its members, and broaden their representativeness by including representatives of the public sector, the private sector, and civil society.

"The adoption of [this new] organic bill (...) will enable our country to make the Economic and Social Council operational by proceeding with the appointment of its members," the government indicated in a press release.

The CES, it should be recalled, has the role of advising public institutions, especially the presidency and parliament, and helps draw economic and social policies. For many years, efforts have been mustered to launch the Council, as revealed by a recent mobilization of partners last May.

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