The Togolese corridor is the second-best performing in the WAEMU, after Benin’s

Monday, 20 December 2021 16:52
The Togolese corridor is the second-best performing in the WAEMU, after Benin’s

(Togo First) - In the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Togo’s road corridor is the second-best performing. This is according to the 2020 report of Observatoire des pratiques anormales (OPA) released last Thursday in Lomé.

The document was published during a workshop organized by the National Committee for Facilitation (CNF), under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Road, Air, and Rail Transport. In effect, the meeting helped share the report’s content with concerned actors, collect testimonies and recommend solutions to abnormal practices observed along the corridor.

The study is based mostly on the number of control stations on the corridor, illegal fee payments, and delays at the stations.

"This 46th report of the observatory of abnormal practices summarizes the data collected during the year 2020, indicating a persistence and especially an intensification of abnormal practices on some corridors and an improvement on others," said the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Road, Air, and Rail Transport (MTRAF).

In detail, for the Lomé-Ouaga Corridor, "illicit collections fell from 12,185 FCFA in 2019 to 8,598 in 2020. Border control time improved from 163.1 minutes in 2019 to 154.1 minutes in 2020. The number of checkpoints decreased from 20.6 in 2019 to 17.6 in 2020. Looking at these figures, we must continue working to improve these indicators, in line with the government’s objectives," he added.

Tadjudini Dermane, Director of road and rail transport in Togo, declared based on the information found in the report: “the Togolese corridor is in a good place behind the Benin corridor, but ahead of other corridors of the union.”

Let’s recall that Lomé and the World Bank signed a $120 million financing agreement to ease movement along the Lomé-Ouagadougou-Niamey corridor.

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