Togo: New fee to finance airport infrastructures
19 January 2011
The government of Togo is to impose a fee on all passengers using the country's airports in order to finance the development of the airport infrastructures.
The announcement was reported last weekend by the PANA press agency, which obtained this information from an official source.
Airlines are said to have already given their approval for the imposition of this tax, which will contribute to financing the renovation and modernization works on the Gnassingbé Eyadéma international airport, in particular with the construction of a new terminal.
The latest report from the African Development Bank, some extracts from which were published this week by the newspaper Afrique Expansion, reveal that the institution defines the development of the infrastructure sector in Africa as a top priority.
The lack of infrastructures, especially of airports, adds 30 to 40 percent to the costs of transactions on the continent, thus braking the economic development of the African economies.