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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.
We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.
SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists
Technical assistance for the regulatory review, monitoring of inspections, and integration of systems to monitor the compliance and performance of mining operators in Togo (2019-2021)
When licences are granted to mining companies, monitoring and regular controls must be carried out on-site to reduce the adverse effects of mining activities that are behind numerous environmental, social and economic impacts. The structural capacity constraints of the Togolese mining administration, and often the lack of resources, continue to hinder the regular control and more efficient supervision of mining operations. The lack of regular control most often results in mining activities’ non-compliance with the regulations, which in turn do not always take account of the reality on the ground. This has multiple social and environmental implications and leads to a loss of income for the State in terms of fees and other taxes.
To tackle this problem, regular visits need to be made to the different mines and quarries.
The objective of this technical assistance is therefore to support the DGMG carrying out mining control operations and environmental inspections on a quarterly basis.
Competitiveness and Growth Support Project (PRACC); Revision of the mining code, tax system and related implementing decree (2019)
Study to reform the mining code to modernise it and bring it into compliance with good international practices, and to prepare implementing provisions for the mining taxation system to improve the economic benefits for the population and reduce the environmental impacts.
Design, implementation and promotion of agroforestry systems in the province of Cabo Delgado (2018-2022)
This assignment aims to develop agro-forestry systems (AFS) for farmers. The idea is to support them in developing agronomic solutions linked with forestry production to make their crop cultivation more sustainable. The target is to reach 1500 ha to be planted by 1500 growers with different tree species (fruit trees, trees for charcoal production, etc.) to improve the sustainability of their cropping strategy. A voucher system will be put in place to help the farmers to finance the seedlings, prepare the soil, etc.
Development of Tunisia’s Vision and Strategy for the Water Sector through 2050 - Recruitment of technical assistance for the project (2018-2020)
SOFRECO is providing technical assistance to the Water 2050 Project initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries in 2009, which aims to develop the country’s vision and strategy for the water sector through 2050. Within the Project Coordination Unit and under the supervision of the Director-General of BPEH, the TA involves: (1) preparing the launch of the project, particularly through the development and supervision of the implementation of a capacity building programme for the actors before the start of the study; (2) supervising, coordinating and controlling the quality of the strategic study; and (3) coordinating and managing the participatory process for the actors.
Sectorial Environmental and Social Assessment and Environmental and Social Audit of the SNPT (2017-2018)
Since 2005, the government of Togo has been aiming to implement a diversification policy in the mining sector, a major focus of economic development in the country. Over the last two decades, Togo's mining industry has mainly concentrated on unconsolidated phosphate for the production of fertilizer and phosphoric acid; SNPT is the key actor in this.
This study has two components:
- A sectorial environmental and social assessment that aims to integrate analytical and participatory approaches into strategic decisions, and to include environmental and social considerations in sectorial policies, plans and programmes.
- An in-depth examination of the environmental and social audit of the SNPT to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the SNPT-funded audit, and propose recommendations to bring it into compliance with best international practices and relevant World Bank requirements.
French Development Agency
Technical assistance for institutional support for the management and monitoring of the pond system (2017-2018)
The overall objective of this technical assistance is to help set up an efficient institutional framework for Togo's water sanitation (particularly rainwater sanitation) in order to sustainably improve its performance, make the proposed institutional arrangements operational, and thus significantly contribute to the urban resilience of the city of Lomé in the face of climate change.
French Development Agency
Advocacy for sanitation in Phnom Penh (2017)
The objective of the services is to define an advocacy argumentation and campaign in order to promote actions in the drainage and sanitation sector in Phnom Penh. More specifically the consultancy assignment aims at: (i) providing a study on sanitation and drainage levels of development in Phnom Penh (causes, consequences, bottlenecks, opportunities, etc.), (ii) using these elements to build an advocacy campaign (definition of target groups, of relevant communication tools, etc.); (iii) implementing a first phase of institutional mobilisation to assess the receptiveness of the stakeholders and finalise the advocacy campaign as required.
Technical assistance to support reforms to the project for the production of drinking water through desalination and renewable energy (2017-2018)
In the Republic of Djibouti, public water and electricity services are the prerogative of two public companies (ONEAD and EDD respectively). The critical situation of water resources for the capital led the EU to fund the PEPER project, whose main purpose is to produce drinking water through sea water desalination. Desalination is an energy intensive technology. A reform of the two institutions is necessary for the fulfilment of PEPER.
The general objective of the technical assistance provided by SOFRECO is to establish a review of the current situation of ONEAD and EDD (technical, strategic, organisational, accounting, financial and IT), and to support the measures endorsed by the Government in the overall framework of the reform of the management of public establishments and companies (EEP), in order to set up a stable institutional and regulatory framework for the water and energy sectors.
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