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Switzerland disburses CFA3.4 billion to promote renewable energy projects in Cameroon. This was revealed on March 14, 2018, during the first meeting of the steering committee in charge of the management of this fund in Yaoundé.
During the meeting presided by the economy minister, Alamine Mey, it was revealed that the projects supported by these funds will be constructed by the rural electrification agency (AER).
Let’s note that though the potential exists for solar, biomass and wind energy in Cameroon, they represent only 1% of the country’s energy mix.
The North West regional delegate for social affairs, Animbom Aaron, who was kidnapped last February 25, 2018 in Batibo by suspected separatist fighters has in a video, allegedly released by the Ambazonia Defence Forces, called on the government through the Minister of Social Affairs to show the arrested Ambazonia leaders to the public so as to save his life.
The delegate who was seemingly in the same clothing as the day of his abduction said; “I am Animbom Aaron Yong, Regional Delegate of Social Affairs for the North West Region. I am pleading to the Minister of Social Affairs to intervene that the leaders of Ambazonia, that were arrested and we are told that they were brought to Yaounde, should be shown to the public to show that the people are alive, because I am here and they have given me 48 hours that I will be sacrificed if these leaders are not shown to be alive. I have been kidnapped by the ADF and I am pleading to the Minister of Social Affairs to intervene at the level of hierarchy so that my life can be spared.”
Animbom Aaron was kidnapped on February 25 in Batibo as he was returning from a funeral in the village, just over a week after the Divisional Officer for Batibo Marcel Namata Diteng was equally abducted on February 11 from the Grand Stand while preparing for Youth Day activities.
The whereabouts of the D.O of Batibo are still to be known as the military continues and extensive search for the two kidnapped officials.
The Ambazonia leaders including the self-proclaimed Interim president, of the virtual republic, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe were arrested in Abuja, Nigeria on January 5 during a meeting.
Since the arrest of these leaders, no one has been able to see them.
Communication minister had announced that they have been transferred to Cameroonian authorities and are doing well in a security prison in Yaounde. He promised that they will be tried according to the law and their rights will be fully respected.
However, apart from Minister Tchiroma’s declarations, no other confirmation of their presence in Yaounde has been registered as family members and lawyers have not had access to them as at now.
The arrest and subsequent transfer of the Ambazonia leaders resulted in further escalation of violence in the North West and South West regions characterized by attacks on military posts and reprisal killings by separatist fighters and the military.
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Port autonome de Kribi (PAK) has just launched a call for expression of interest to pre-qualify the companies that are willing to operate the multipurpose terminal of Kribi deepwater port.
Cameroon’s government thus restarts the process it concluded in August 2015 by choosing the group formed by Necotrans and Kribi Port’s Multi Opérators (KPMO) which is a consortium formed by many local companies.
Indeed, due to financial difficulties, Necotrans was unable to fulfill its commitments in the framework of this concession and in January 2018, the country officially declared that company’s default.
MTN Group Ltd on Thursday March 9, said it is considering investing in countries such as Cameroon, classified by the group as “conflict markets.
In a recent review on its markets across Africa and the Middle East, the mobile-phone company states that is doing a spring clean of its empire in these countries.
According to the Group Chief Financial Officer, Ralph Mupita, the company plans to take “appropriate action” if any of these countries are not cash-flow positive.
Regarding Cameroon, Mupita said MTN received a $6.6 million fine from Cameroon’s telecommunications regulator and a one-year reduction in its license term for allegedly not complying with spectrum and subscriber registration regulations.
Mupita also revealed that the company was also ordered to disconnect 3 million subscribers.“It’s a big priority to resolve this in the near term,” Mupita said. “If it’s not resolvable, then it’s not resolvable. We want to find an amicable resolution to stay.
Cameroon’s government, it would be recalled, had exhorted mobile companies including MTN, to cut internet from subscribers, in an attempt to douse protests from English speaking Cameroonians. Despite pressures from rights groups and international organisations against the ban, government remained adamant.
Government’s shutdown of internet in English speaking Cameroon had made life extremely difficult for millions of people in the country. Citizens in dire need of internet connectivity were forced beyond endurance to hunt for the high-tech communication technology in neighbouring cities making them to be tagged as internet refugees. The Internet blackout did not only slow down businesses but shut them out with associated heavy financial losses
A coalition of rights groups monitoring internet outage recently disclosed that Cameroon lost over $2.69 million during the internet shutdown.
Internet in Anglophone Cameroon, was partially restored on April 20, 2017, after three months blackout.
MTN Cameroon FY revenue falls due to lower subscriber base
MTN Cameroon’s total revenue in 2017 decreased by 6.6 percent on an organic basis to ZAR 5.38 billion, hit by the lower subscriber base and offset by 21.1 percent growth in data and a 27.4 percent rise in digital revenue. MTN still experienced a challenging operating environment, following the data shutdown and a slowdown in economic activity, which had a material impact on subscriber and revenue growth in the year.
The business suffered a number of operational challenges, too. The subscriber base closed the year at 7.1 million, after the disconnection of approximately 3.0 million subscribers in early October 2017 to comply with regulatory requirements on subscriber registration. The company had stated 9.45 million subscribers on 30 September and 9.87 million at end-2016.
Active Mobile Money customers increased 194.2 percent to 1.1 million, with revenue up 767 percent year-on-year
By Elah Geofrey with additional reports from Journal du Cameroon
Cameroon: Ministerial conference holding today, 15th of March,2018.
It's the first ministerial conference since the last ministerial appointment and cabinet reshuffle.
It must be noted that the last cabinet reshuffle took place on the 2nd of March,2018.
President Paul Biya shall be meeting the entire cabinet of ministers at the Presidential Palace at Etoudi.
Invited to this cabinet meeting are the following according to their ministerial rankings:
The Prime Minister
Vice Prime Minister.
Ministers of state.
Minister Delegate and secretary of States.
The meeting is scheduled for 11am and shall entirely dwell on " The special Presidential press release, being the lone agenda."
It's worth noting that the last cabinet meeting, held on the 15th of October 2015,shortly after after the previous cabinet reshuffle of 2nd October, 2015.
During this cabinet meeting, President Paul Biya overwhelmingly prescribed to the ministers " The acceleration of work towards the very highly awaited African Nations cup tournaments for both women,scheduled for 2016 and Men, schedule for 2019."
Today's cabinet meeting shall be the first cabinet meeting for those newly appointed ministers.
Those newly appointed members of government are Joseph Le, Gaston Eloundu Essomba, Elanga Obam George, Paul Tasong and Nalova Lyonga.
At the end of a meeting between Paul Biya and the Chinese ambassador to Cameroon, Wei Wenhua, (on March 13, 2018, in Yaoundé) it was revealed that Xi Jinping, China’s president, has invited his Cameroonian peer for a state visit in China. This will be organized in the next few days, the presidency commented.
« This new visit will highlight the good relations between China and Cameroon. It also occurs at a crucial time for China due particularly to the 13th National People’s Congress during which the country’s leadership was renewed », it added. It further disclosed that Paul Biya would be one of the first African heads of state to meet China’s newly chosen officials.
For the record, Paul Biya’s last visit to China dates back to 2011.As far as China-Cameroon relations is concerned, it dates back to 1971 and by end 2017, this country had supported Cameroon with CFA3,000 billion. These supports were namely loans and grants through various funders such as Export-Import Bank Of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank Of China, Bank Of China…etc.