Concord Newsdesk Sun, 25 Aug 2019 10:19:24 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cameroon: Opening of the Cameroon Business Forum in Douala, a tool for promoting private investment. Cameroon: Opening of the Cameroon Business Forum in Douala, a tool for promoting private investment.

The 10th edition of the Cameroon Business Forum (CBF) opens  today Monday, March 19, 2019 in Douala the country's economic capital, chaired by  Prime Minister  Joseph Dion Ngute.

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At least 400 participants are expected. The 2019 edition is placed under the theme "emergence and development of private investment in Cameroon".

The CBF, the platform for public and private dialogue for the promotion of investments in Cameroon, has become over the years an essential business meeting.

On the menu of the CBF which opens  today in a context where Cameroon occupies the 166th rank of Doing Business, are the debates on the emergence and industrialization of the country.{loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Business Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:51:09 +0000
Cameroon: Government rejects unilateral increase in prices of alcoholic beverages Cameroon: Government rejects unilateral increase in prices of alcoholic beverages

The Cameroonian government rejects the unilateral increase in the prices of beverages decided by the brewing companies.{loadposition myposition}

The Minister of Commerce denounces a violation of the regulations in force.

According to the Government, the brewing companies have not complied with the formalities, "before any increase in prices, the producer must first file with the Ministry of Commerce. No new prices can come into effect if this formality have not been respected. The brewing companies have not filed any price increament, "said Luc-Magloire Mbarga Atanganaa the Cameroonian Minister of Commerce.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Business Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:26:40 +0000
Cameroonian Elected Board Member of Minority Rights Group Africa Cameroonian Elected Board Member of Minority Rights Group Africa

Cameroonian writer, pan Africanist and Executive Director of AFRICAphonie, Mwalimu George Ngwane, has been elected to the African Advisory Committee of the International Minority Rights Group Africa as member of Board of Trustees.{loadposition myposition}

Ngwane was elected with three other members - Dr Melakou Tegngem from Ethiopia, Ms Evelyne Neisere from Kenya and Ms Juliet Nakoto Odol from Uganda - during a Board meeting that held in Kampala, Uganda from 8th to 9th February 2019. According to the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group Africa Mrs. Agnes Kibajuni, Ngwane’s election into the Board brings a new vision and fresh impetus that would combine practitioner track expertise and academic policy in the pursuit of the objectives of Minority Rights Group International London in general and Minority Rights Group Africa in particular.

Minority Rights Group is an international non-governmental organisation working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples as well as promoting cooperation between communities worldwide. It shall be celebrating its fifty years of existence in April 2019. The Regional Office of the Minority Rights Group in Africa is based in Kampala, Uganda while other offices are located in Brussels, Hungary and Delhi.

Throughout its ten years of existence Minority Rights Group Africa has worked in the areas of land rights (in Cameroon it works with MBOSCUDA), ethnic, indigenous and linguistic minorities within Africa. Of concern to the Board members was the shrinking space of civil society organisations due to political intolerance and government highhandedness.

The Executive Director of Minority Rights Group Africa made an overview of the minority rights situation in Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Ethiopia and South Sudan with a clarion call for the respect of minority voices and views.

It is expected that Mwalimu George Ngwane’s election into the Board of Trustees shall open windows into the minority rights situation especially within the Central Africa sub region.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) CAMEROON THISDAY Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:37:27 +0000
Cameroon says Olembe stadium near completion Cameroon says Olembe stadium near completion

The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Public Contracts Talba Malla visited construction works at Olembe yesterday, March 5, 2019.

It was an exceptional day at the Olembe Stadium construction site yesterday March 5, 2019. The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Public Contracts, Ibrahim Talba Malla, visited construction works at the Olembe Stadium earmarked for the hosting of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The visit which was the first for the Minister aimed at evaluating the level of work done on the site.{loadposition myposition}

As early as 9:30 a.m. the Minister and his crew were at the site for the inspection work. Immediately after his arrival, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla, accompanied by the Governor of the Centre Region, Naseri Paul Bea, had a guided tour of the infrastructure led by officials of Piccini, the Italian firm in charge of the construction of the 60,000capacity stadium.

Speaking to journalists, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla said the purpose of the visit was to evaluate the level of work and to discuss with the contractors in order to be sure that they will meet the deadline. He said he was impressed with the work that has been done so far and congratulated the workers for the effort. “The level they have reached is acceptable and now we have to push them to go further so that they can meet the target,” he said. Talba Malla said he is optimistic that together with the stakeholders the work will progress because the State and the entire people of Cameroon need the sport infrastructure.

The Controller of the Olembe construction site, Benoit Fabre, said the Minister was presented the stadium, the building for the five-star hotel, the swimming pool and the commercial centre. He said the field is complete and only some finishing touches remaining. He said the stadium is finished what is left is the gravel, the turf and also the technological part which comprises electricity, water, lighting, painting, etc. He said the project can be com pleted in about four months. So far, the seats are already in place and the stadium is covered.

According to him what is still left to be done include technology, dressing rooms, offices, hotel and commercial centre. He noted that about 60 per cent of the work has already been done. After the visit, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla had a working session with the workers of Piccini. During the meeting, the Minister called on the contractors to ensure that international norms are respected in the execution of the project.{loadposition myposition2}

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Cameroon: Elecam working towards 'free and fair' Legislative, Municipal Elections Cameroon: Elecam working towards 'free and fair' Legislative, Municipal Elections

The elections governing institution at the beginning of the year set the objective of 10 million registered voters before the electors are called to the polls.{loadposition myposition}

When the voters registration operation ended in 2018 at the time electors were called to the polls for the October 7, 2019 presidential election, about 6.7 people had enrolled in the electoral registers both back at home and in the Diaspora. The number of registered voters by then, lured Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) to set the target of 10 million registered voters by the time electors are called to the polls for the expected legislative and municipal elections this year 2019.

The Director General of Elections at ELECAM Erik Essoussè said the target was because Cameroon has potential electors who could be more than the number should they enrol their names in the electoral registers. Since the official launching of the operation to revise voters registers, this year, Electoral Board members of ELECAM have been combing all the nooks and crannies of the country to supervise the operation and encourage potential voters to register. Staff of ELECAM Council branches have also been on the field registering the yet unregistered potential voters.

They take advantage of every gathering such as churches, markets and popular road junctions to install the electoral kits and register willing voters. It is in this connection that they had a stand at the just-ended Promote 2019 Business Forum in Yaounde to exhibit ELECAM activities and also register voters. The institution has also stepped up material preparations for the registration operation by acquiring the state-of-the art registration kits that are better adapted to the field as they are less cumbersome to carry around and produce better results in terms of pictures and receipts printed.

ELECAM has been carrying out awareness creation campaigns in the va rious media and in posters put in strategic positions in major cities. Elections Cameroon has been working in collaboration with some political party officials who by law form part of the Joint Voters Registration Commission. According to the Director General of Elections, Erik Essoussè, the involvement of political parties in the voters registration operation is average.

ELECAM continues to en courage political parties to be more involved in the operation considering that political parties are the main beneficiaries in the electoral process. In the present focus, the Director General of Elections at ELECAM throws more light on the steps taken by ELECAM to reach the target registered voters. It also presents the ongoing registration operation in some branches of ELECAM.

Source: Cameroon Tribune

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Cameroon: EU mounts pressure on Biya amidst escalating anglophone crisis Cameroon: EU mounts pressure on Biya amidst escalating anglophone crisis

The European Union has called on the government of Cameroon in engage in an inclusive dialogue with all parties as the only solution to the current political and security impasse in the country.{loadposition myposition}


In a statement released by Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU, the body tasked the government of Cameroon to free all the supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement arrested and detained over a month ago.

“The arrest and prolonged detention of several leaders of an opposition party, including its leader Maurice Kamto, and a large number of protesters and supporters, as well as the opening of disproportionate proceedings against them military justice, increases the political malaise in Cameroon. The rule of requires fair justice and the release of detainees against whom (incriminating) evidence can not be presented , ” Federica Mogherini said.

The EU representative also touched on the violence in the North West and South West regions of the country describing the situation as unacceptable.

” The persistence of violence and human rights violations in the north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon has resulted in an unacceptable number of casualties and a heavy impact in humanitarian and economic terms.


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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) PAUL BIYA Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:05:41 +0000
Cameroonian controversial journalist narrates live on air on how to beat your woman without leaving traces Cameroonian controversial journalist narrates live on air on how to beat your woman without leaving traces

The Anglophone Crisis: once more the Cameroonian military has proven beyond dispute that there are by far worse than scouts. How could the Military take armoured cars to the the bridge at Ekom, a frontier locality with Nigeria.{loadposition myposition} 

Professor Enow Orock to Mr Biya: Granting amnesty to all those in jail and sitting on a round table for dialogue, is the only way out of this crisis. Worth Watching!
Video courtesy of HiTV.

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Southern Cameroons Crisis: Professor Martin Ayim speaks out Southern Cameroons Crisis: Professor  Martin Ayim speaks out

Professor Ayim hits back. Read and understand.

For the Records and Information to the People:

I love to teach and educate because in education only the truth is said. I say it without mincing words because I have nothing to hide.
1. My wife is not related to Caleche Bongo of the IG as alluded somewhere in desperation. It will be recalled that at one time I was alluded to be related to Millan’s wife, a woman I have never known.
2. Iam not and I repeat not a member of any APNC planning committee and I strongly disclaim any such forced inclusion. I do not support APNC at this time as well.{loadposition myposition}

3. The IG as I know has not endorsed any APNC at this time. IG takes a position of no Conference now when GZ needs more financial attention and that we all can unite to have a big Conference in April.  A Conference now smacks of insensitivity to GZ.
4. The AP is not on any monthly payment of $10,000 or any amount as I read somewhere. Three months ago, Cabinet discussed and approved that an allocation be provided to the Office of the President. No amount was stated. Two weeks ago, the Office was advised by cabinet to provide an itemized budget which as of now has not been provided for cabinet deliberation and decision making. Where Capo Daniel got his false information baffles me. This type of misreporting and misinformation does not help the cause.
5. Funny trend is that once a cabinet meeting is concluded, in just under 30 mins Capo is reporting about the meeting in opposite direction, misstating facts and drawing sweeping derogatory conclusions. Why would a comrade be bent at doing just the opposite each time again baffles me. We pulled some strings and after spending money for travels, got an organization to allow us present at the UN 4th Committee for decolonization.     It was Capo at it again, calling the office. Despite invitation, we got there to realized that though on schedule we could not be allowed to present. We were given visitors passes but no access to the conference room. We were told bluntly about the call. Yes indeed, is that patriotism? Is that love for the cause?
6. There is no approach, more powerful and more accountable than giving the power to communities to take charge of their self defense and for them to elect people in their communities whom they trust. IG came to this after suffering huge financial losses in the hands of dubious people which never reached GZ as intended. LGA by LGA approach eliminates middle people some of whom are building houses and burgeoning at the expense of hardworking boys and girls on GZ. Everyone here belongs to an LGA and County. Join and defend your village, LGA and County. That is community empowerment by the IG.
7. Foreign presence in court in Yaounde is not by accident. IG aggressive diplomacy is yielding results.  More to come. Even it is what, these results should signal that aligning with the IG now, a caretaker government, is imperative. Amazingly some detractors are stock with MTTB which they never promoted, never donated to, and spoke against. Why are people so vicious? When you see positive progress, you want to take stock? Support progress instead.
8. IG does not advocate for any referendum. It is an option that can be imposed on the IG not IG asking for it. IG stands for Unconditional Independence, Statehood Restoration and Sovereignty. IG believes that the UN has not fully decolonized the British Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia). That Self determination is universal right. Anyone thinking otherwise or guessing otherwise is just plain wrong.
9. I guess I have updated everyone about innuendoes and the facts as they are.
I did this voluntarily because I believed those here, supporters or not needed to know the truth and the facts. IG is open to criticism and pointers. We did not join the struggle, in my case for 25 years now, as experts. We will learn as we go, make mistakes and stay focused. We are all volunteers to serve motherland Ambazonia. I pity Sako who had to drop a job to create time for the challenges posed to him and the IG after Nera attempted decapitation. Only a Sako can go through this and still have a cool head to make decisions. God bless and protect him. I know what he is going through on daily basis, especially from misreporting, namecalling, and misinformation.
Ambazonians Ambazonians, Sisiku legacy is being maintained and sustained frankly and honestly, he remains our undisputed President.  
So long
Prof Martin Ayim
Chief of Staff

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From The Desk of The Chairman of The Ambazonia Defense Council From The Desk of The Chairman of The Ambazonia Defense Council


From the moment when political opportunist found out that our people favored Self-Defense over the platitudes con men had been feeding them about their liberation being only a matter of marching in the streets and allowing LRC to mow them down in the hundreds and thousands so that their body count will force “saviors” from the UN to come and free them, the issue of kidnapping and ransoming has become a scourge in this liberation struggle. {loadposition myposition}

Having exposed themselves as bandits and conmen operating kidnapping and ransoming rings in the territory, these conmen and armed robbers with their handlers have been trying endlessly their utmost to soil the institution of the Ambazonian peoples defense, the Ambazonia Defense Forces. Their efforts have consistently been futile.

It has come to my attention that some message is being pushed around our community that the ADF has kidnapped individuals, including a certain Franklyn Ngwa Che, and are demanding ransom of 25million frs. This could not be further from the truth.

At a time when we are reaching contenderhood, why will we begin a practice that we had condemned and taking strong actions against these groups of bandits when possible to free prisoners?

The ADF Code of Conduct bars anyone, not just ADF members from doing this and the ADF considers this one of the most unforgivable crimes in this struggle.

But let there be no mistake: the Ambazonia Defense Forces will arrest functionaries of state of the barbaric and genocidal forces waging a war of impunity against our people. Anyone appointed  by Yaounde, and who propagates the continuous occupation of our land by Cameroun and the massacre of our people, be you an SDO, D.O, Governor or General, you are a cog in the Genocidal machine in our land and we will take you out in order to cripple the machine and save our people.

Let the Ambazonian people, human rights organizations, international media and others be informed that any such arrest will be announced by me, on my facebook page or the official page of the ADF. Anywhere else, then you are reading and peddling in falsehood, blackmail and sabotage.

Benedict Kuah,
Chairman of the Ambazonia Defense Council.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) SOUTHERN CAMEROONS|FF0000 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:15:45 +0000
The son of Liberia's ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Charged After Probe Into Missing Millions The son of Liberia's ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Charged After Probe Into Missing Millions

The son of Liberia's ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, an ex-central bank governor and current bank official were charged with economic sabotage late on Monday after investigations uncovered evidence of possible malpractice by the regulator.{loadposition myposition}


The case is the latest twist in a long-running scandal prompted initially by the feared disappearance of newly printed banknotes worth $100 million en route to the central bank — the equivalent of around 5 percent of the west African nation's gross domestic product.

Investigations by the Liberian government and the U.S. embassy last week established that the cash had indeed been delivered to the central bank.

However, the separate reports of the government and the U.S. embassy also highlighted possible discrepancies in the management of banknotes. The government also said a separate batch of banknotes worth $16.5 million remained unaccounted for.

Charles Sirleaf, who served as deputy governor of the central bank during his mother's presidency, was arrested shortly after the release of the reports last Thursday, along with the bank's former governor Milton Weeks and its current director of banking, Dorbor Hagba.

They were charged with multiple offenses during a public court appearance on Monday evening. These included economic sabotage, misuse of public funds and criminal conspiracy.

The court said Sirleaf and his former colleagues had printed extra banknotes for "their personal use and benefit."

Sirleaf is expected to appear in court later today. Lawyers for him and the other two defendants did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The central bank was also not available for comment. All three men have denied any wrongdoing.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:12:37 +0000