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December 12, 2013
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Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
After the voting on Thursday in Togo, the ruling Union for the Republic (UNIR) looks to be heading for an easy victory.
Long-awaited legislative elections that were scheduled for October 2012 have got underway in Togo.
Togo's long-delayed legislative polls will be held on July 21, the government has announced.
2012 has been a turbulent year in Togo. Market fires in Lomé and Kara have triggered conspiracy theories. Senior opposition figures have been arrested. Journalists have been restive. Public sector workers have been on strike. Samuel Kowouto, the US representative of FRAC explains.
Several members of the opposition parties’ coalition, let’s save Togo were indicted just after the fires in the market places of Lomè and Kara, slowing down its protest actions.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms. The improvement has been going on since 2005.
A three-day international meeting of African countries and the Franc zone is underway here in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to discuss regional single currency regimes on the continent.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and The World Bank (WB) have joined forces to help strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement through collaboration among government, civil society and the private sector. According to The World Bank, public procurement represents about 50% to 70% of total government spending in many developing countries. It is also a major source of revenue to the private sector.
Lawyers defending Togo’s former defense Minister Kpatcha Gnassingbe, who is brother of President Faur Gnassingbe, are requesting his release along with others held in connection with plotting against the state.