IRU leads reform in Togo

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) presented to Togo’s Ministry of Transport the results of a three-year project earlier this month to professionalise the West African country’s road transport sector.

The project, supported by the World Bank, comprised key elements: Evaluating the current situation, improving the legal framework, formalising and reinforcing the capacity of all the stakeholders along the logistics supply chain, and professionally training private and public road transport actors.

IRU assisted national authorities in implementing 28 activities to cover the large scope of the project, and presented the results in a workshop yesterday in Lomé.

The event was attended by high-level executives of the sector and government officials, as well as professional organisations. Among them were Dr Michel Komlan Tindano, Secretary General of the Ministry of Transports (MTRAF) representing the Minister of Transport, and Tadjudini Dermane, Director of Road and Rail Transports (Al). Several managers of the Federation of Togolese transporters (FP2TR, from its French name), which was created with IRU assistance during the project, also participated.

This formalisation and professionalisation project is part of a wider strategy to boost the competition of the logistics sector, in line with the National Development Plan 2018–2022. Launched by the Government of Togo in cooperation with technical and financial partners, the plan’s ambition is to make Togo a logistics hub and business centre of excellence in the region.

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