minutes of the council of ministers of January 18, 2023 – Togomedia24

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The Council of Ministers met this Wednesday, January 18, 2023 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Republic.

The council examined one (01) draft law, two (02) draft decrees and listened to four (04) communications.

I-Under the draft law,

The council examined and adopted the draft law on the repression of counterfeiting and other attacks on monetary signs in the member states of the WAMU.

This text lays down the incriminations and penalties relating to counterfeiting, taking into account acts such as counterfeiting and falsification of banknotes. It also determines the criminal liability of natural persons and legal persons, the applicable penalty regime and the powers of the BCEAO in terms of centralization of monetary signs seized.

II-Under draft decrees,

The council examined in first reading a draft decree fixing the nomenclature, the methods and the conditions of installation and exploitation of the installations classified for the protection of the environment.

The study of this draft decree, which is part of the implementation of the R6 reform of the 2020-2025 government roadmap, relating to the reform of environmental legislation, will be continued at a future council meeting. ministers.

The council then examined and adopted a draft decree declaring public utility and authorizing the works of equipment and connection of the borehole of 40m3 per hour located in Apédokoe to the new water tower of 1300m3 under construction in Sagbado.

The Apédokoè borehole, with a flow rate of 960 m3 per day, is taken into account in the sizing of the 1300 m3 Sagbado water tower to allow access to the public drinking water service for the populations of Greater Lomé. in general and, in particular, that of the populations of the said locality and its surroundings.

This project to improve Lomé’s drinking water supply, which is part of the government’s roadmap, will enable 250,000 inhabitants of Sagbado and its surroundings to have access to drinking water and improve technical and of the Togolese water company (TdE) in terms of operating the public drinking water service.

III-In terms of communications,

The council listened to a first communication relating to the social register of persons and households; presented by the Minister for the Digital Economy and Digital Transformation.

The establishment of the social register of persons and households is one of the priority projects envisaged by our country to strengthen social inclusion and harmony and consolidate peace in Togo, in accordance with axis 1 of the road map. government road 2020-2025.

Following this communication, the council gave guidelines for the implementation of this register: a declarative and voluntary principle thus allowing registered persons to be able, according to social criteria to be defined, to benefit from government social protection programs.

The board then listened to a second communication relating to the situation of financial inclusion in 2022; presented by the minister responsible for financial inclusion and the organization of the informal sector.

In recent years and thanks to the actions taken by the government, the financial inclusion rate has increased from 72.5% in 2016 to 81.5% in 2020, the second best performance in WAEMU. Over the same period, the expanded banking rate increased from 70.8% to 80.04%, making our country the sub-region with the strongest growth in the field.

In addition, Togo’s overall financial services geographic penetration rate increased from 81 points in 2016 to 422 points in 2020.

These recorded performances were stimulated by the incentive measures taken to protect the purchasing power of the population and encourage the deployment of microfinance institutions by providing them with specific support. Thus, by way of illustration, 1.8 billion CFA francs were released for the benefit of the savannah region in 2022.

The council instructed for the continuation of the measures undertaken to strengthen the resilience of the Togolese populations.

The council listened to a third communication relating to the implementation situation of the national school feeding programme; presented by the Minister of Grassroots Development, Youth and Youth Employment.

This communication aims to take stock of school canteens and share the prospects envisaged for the 2022-2023 school year. Indeed, the program has given access to sufficient and balanced food to students in the most vulnerable areas of our country and has participated in the creation of conditions aimed at strengthening social inclusion and guaranteeing access to the vital minimum, which is essential to cohesion and lasting peace.

For the 2021-2022 school year, a total of 132,153 students benefited from the program in 906 schools throughout the territory for an amount of 1.78 billion FCFA with contributions from the private sector, NGOs, communities and institutions. international.

For the 2022-2023 school year, school canteens will be implemented in 1,181 schools with a forecast of 213,784 beneficiary pupils, with a view to reaching the target set by the Government by 2025, which is 300 000 students.

Given the current context, the situation of displaced families, victims of terrorist attacks in the savanna region, will be particularly considered and taken into account. Thus, more than thirty schools located in the prefecture of Kpendjal will be integrated into the program.

The board praised the smooth running of the program and gave directions for a gradual transfer of implementation to local authorities.

The board listened to a final communication on the economic and financial situation in the third quarter of 2022; presented by the Minister of Economy and Finance.

This communication presents a summary of the evolution of the economic situation at the international level, within WAEMU and at the national level at the end of the third quarter of 2022.

At the international level, the pace of GDP growth has slowed in all regions of the world, while within WAEMU, economic activity has remained dynamic with a growth rate of the PIM which stands at at 5.7% year-on-year.

The national situation in the third quarter of 2022 is essentially characterized by an increase in activities in the various sectors of the economy, compared to the same period of 2021. These developments are in line with the estimates and forecasts of the macroeconomic framework of October 2022 which expects real GDP growth of 5.8% in 2022 and 6.6% in 2023.

Done in Lomé, January 18, 2023

The Council of Ministers

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