May is ending on a general note of satisfaction with the set of high-level advocacy actions that occurred. Throughout that period, the ANCE-Togo team met with several top-level State entities as well as international institutions and embassies accredited to Togo.
The search for new partners is part of ANCE-Togo’s long-term strategy for the promotion of good economic governance in Togo. June was marked by a variety of advocacy activities including meetings with top-level personalities.
As a matter of fact, the first series of meetings were organized with State officials and notably Mr. Yao Florent MAGANAWE, General Secretary to the Government; Mr. Wolanyo Kodzo AMAWUDA, General budget Director; Dr. Mongo AHARH-KPESSOU, permanent Secretary to the Board in charge of reforms and policy monitoring; Mr. Etsri HOMEVOR, General Secretary to the ministry of development planning. During these meetings, the point was, on the one-hand, for ANCE-Togo to review the difficulties encountered by the State institutions relating to the implementation of the regulation law as well as the preparations for Togo’s radical change vis à vis the budget program, the possibility of incorporating ODD16 into the voluntary national report to be presented to the New York summit in July 2018 and the accreditation of the reforms for the anti-corruption fight inside the public administration.
When it comes to the implementation of the regulation law, the agreement was reached to look for funding for the organization of a workshop including all stakeholders concerned (Budget department, Finance, revenue court, national assembly). With regard to the radical option by Togo to go for the budget-program in 2019, the discussions made it possible to better evaluate the actions under way and also the need to mobilize resources in view of building capacities in relation to the new result-oriented management implied by the instruments. ANCE also took the opportunity to ask the general secretary to the government for the support in favor of a quick adoption of the amendment to the anti-tobacco law and the adoption of the draft of the anti-corruption law.
The second series of meetings concerned itself with the international organizations and the embassies accredited to Togo. The ANCE delegation met in succession with Mr. Marc VIZY, France’s ambassador to Togo; Mr. Christoph SANDER, Germany’s ambassador to Togo; Mr. Assoukou Raymond KRIKPEU, the resident representative of WAEMU in Togo; Mr. Ryan BALLOW, head of the political and economic section of the US embassy in Togo; Mrs. Epiphanie M. HOUMEY EKLOU-KOEVANOU, head of the committee on institutional governance and capacity building/gender focal point at UNDP-Togo; and Mr. Mamadou Saïdou CAMARA, Head of the legal department and institutional services of ECOWAS’s Investment Bank. The meeting with these international institutions and embassies accredited to Togo focused on the need to prioritize the issues of good governance in the framework of the support both to the government and to the civil society. Specifically with UNDP, ANCE-Togo has asked for the collaboration of UNDP in the areas of the implementation of SDG16.
The executive director of ANCE-Togo, Dr. Fabrice EBEH, expresses all his deep gratitude to all State and diplomatic institutions for their availability to work in concertation with the government and every other stakeholder in order to re-inforce the actions likely to improve the good economic governance and the fight against corruption and the struggle for transparency in the management of public funds in Togo.