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With the advent of the holidays, students engage in holiday jobs to help reduce the budget for back to school on the part of their parents.

A father is seriously blaming himself for allowing his son to work at his construction site in the Essos Neighborhood in Yaounde. The student was buried under rubble from sliding earth at the site, the loose earth from the hillside was not supported and the boy filling the foundation below was buried alive.

The Fire Rescue Unit rushed to the scene but was not lucky as they could retrieve only the lifeless body of the boy from the rubble.

The said Economic partnership agreement EPA between Cameroon and the European Union which entered into vigour since 4th of August 2016 has been in disfavour of mr Biya's country.

Ten months after the agreement went operational, Cameroon has recorded a fall in revenue collection which stands at 600 million fcfa far from the 15 billion drop that was previewed.

The general manager of Cameroon customs, Fongod Edwin Nuvaga revealed this information during a two day workshop which ended in Douala yesterday 21st of June 2017.

This lose could increase drastically as days go by due to fraud, corruption and black market transactions at the Douala seaport.



More to that, Customs officials also warn that, if strict surveillance measures are not taken to control products imported,  businessmen will fraudulently pass their goods through Europe  so as to benefit from tax exoneration in Cameroon.

It is against this backdrop that the directorate general of customs brought its private partners on a common platform to chart the way forward on how to  fight against these ills.

The first group of imported products benefiting from tax  incentives include medications, medical equipment computers, school materials, among others. Meanwhile the second set of goods  which constitutes;  industrial products, essential oil, tyres, just to name a few, will receive a 15% reduction per year in taxes for seven years as from 2016.

Though government overlooks at the 600 million lose, but economists say it is not healthy for the country's economy which is dangling at the moment and hope to emerge by 2035.

Making a trade deal with a 27 nation zone against Cameroon is very unfair and even makes Cameroon's commitment to the  CEMAC sub region questionable.

It is alleged that mr Biya's kingdom 'Nicodemusly' signed the partnership with the EU without the consent of its CEMAC members who have remained reticent and sceptical about the deal.

 
According to a document released by the Autonomous sinking fund of Cameroon (CAA),the country's short term debt by May 31st 2017 stood at 7.6% of stock reserved for exchange in the Bank of Central African states( BEAC) , a bank common to member countries of the CEMAC sub region.
 
A local news paper EcoMatin reports that this constitutes a major risk  for the country's economy should in case  the reserve is insufficient due to decline in revenue from export.
 
The document of the CAA adds that, the present world economic crisis makes the  risk  very high even though Cameroon is a modest producer of petroleum products and petrol constitutes 47% of Cameroon's revenue added to Cocoa. But the market situation of these two raw materials is not encouraging at all with the drastic drop in their prices in the world market.
 
Apart from the hike in prices witnessed in the first quarter of 2017, the price of black goal dropped by late May and early June  2017 reaching its lowest level ever since November 2016.
 
Globally, since the start of this year, the price of a barrel of petrol has fallen by 20.8% and analysts remains very pessimistic on the measures taken by OPEC member countries  to avert the situation.
 

Brazzaville, 21 June 2017 – For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all. The Africa Health Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 and 28 June 2017.

Organised under the theme: “Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa”, the event will provide a platform to forge new partnerships for delivering Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a mechanism for improving access to quality, affordable healthcare for all, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said that the Forum provides a unique opportunity for its partners. “Health is at the heart of the SDGs, and is critical for better quality of life. WHO AFRO is committed to working with countries and partners to attain the highest possible level of health for Africa’s people. This forum will help pave the way to attain UHC across the continent. We are convinced that together, we can do more to save lives and achieve a prosperous and sustainable future for all.”

Experts from a wide range of backgrounds will speak at the WHO Africa Health Forum, including academics, government representatives, the private sector and youth organisations.

Themes to be covered at the two-day event will include:

  • Health financing;
  • Health security;
  • Health research, innovation and data;
  • UHC and the private sector in Africa;
  • Old enemies such as HIV and the rise of new threats such as non-communicable diseases.

 

There will also be special sessions on e-health in Africa and the health of young people in the healthcare debate.

To register to attend the event, please visit africahealthforum.afro.who.int

Cameroon says the Exim Bank of China has made available the amount of FCFA 75billion loan package  for the provision of 500,000 laptop computers to students.
The information was made public by the Minister of Higher Education on Tuesday during a news conference in Yaoundé.
The firm to supply the machines is ready to start assembling, the statesman said.
The lone agreement was signed last year in China between the bank and Cameroon, represented by prime minister Yang Philemon.
Paul Biya announced the controversial offer in July 2016.Students from public  and stade-recognized private higher institutions of learning are set to benefit from the controversial gifts.
The offer is limited to   the 2016/2017 academic year.

Registration is ongoing at some institutions meanwhile others have already completed.
This has been considered by Biya's critics as a political move, especially given the closeness of the 2018 presidential election.
But the president argues he wants his children to join the digital race.
In the meantime, the exact date for distribution is yet to be disclosed.

Four armed robbers are gnashing their teeths behind bars in Douala after haven been apprehended by the Tenth Police District.  The gang has been terrorizing the neighborhood of Makepe Mesoke for months now and several instances of armed robbery attacks have been recorded since July last year.

The police have been tracking this group for over seven months now since their first hit which earned a shop keeper a bullet hole in the leg which has rendered him immobile for some months.

The Tenth Police District finally hit the jackpot with a tipoff from a member of the public and they arrested these gang members. At the time of their arrest, they were in possession of 200 packets of marijuana, arms and some booty from their underworld operations.

These bandits are now awaiting trial and unfailingly a jail term awaits them. Meanwhile the police are encouraging such acts from members of the public to play their role as good citizens and give information which could lead to the arrest of such criminals.

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