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Some economic partnerships to promote investments in Cameroon, have been signed at the just-ended International Economic Conference.
The conference which ended on 18th May 2016 was fertile grown for investors in various sectors to strike deals with Cameronian business operators.
The representative of a British-based company - NMS, Frederick HSU says they intend to embark on a project of up to 10.000 affordable houses to be constructed in Yaounde, Douala and Kribi. A project he estimates at about 208 million Euros.
A representative of Nigerian economic guru, Dangote says the company is not only interested in cement but also aims at investing in agriculture since to him, Africa should be self-sufficient in food production
Big deals to espand digital technology were also arrived at as some start-ups signed contracts with foreign investors and local companies.
The intra-urban bus transport system in Yaounde was also major target as well as the project to develop the Municipal Lake which the Yaounde Government Delegate gilbert says will cost about 200 billion CFAF.
Richard Howe, a businessman present in Cameroon since the 1980's mentioned his optimism in relation to the fallouts of this economic forum.
Another major economic move was the convention signed between the Investment Promotion Agency and the Moroccan Attijariwafa Bank group (referred to as SCB in Cameroon) for information exchange and funding of investment projects.
The 20th May civilian march past in Yaounde followed immediately after the military segment with 33,357 persons taking part in the exercise.
Those marching included pupils from primary schools, students from secondary schools and higher institutions of learning and political parties represented in the National Assembly and Senate.
This phase of the march past opened with the presentation of a symbolic mascot by students of the National Institute of Youths and Sports (INJS).
The mascot, major innovation this year, consisted of a Cameroon map in a sphere-like space, representative of Cameroon’s move towards emergence.
Two primary and secondary schools from each of the seven sub divisions of the Mfoundi represented the Division in this year’s civilian march past.
The pupils and students carried patriotic messages and banners, waved little flags and sang six patriotic songs on fighting terrorism and indiscipline, promoting emergence, second generation agriculture and the digital economy.
The patriotic songs were in English, French and older local languages in line with Government’s efforts to promote the mother-tongue in schools.
After primary and secondary schools came higher institutions of learning with bold marching steps, intriguing choreographic displays by cheerleaders and impeccable rhythms by brass bands.
The Protestant University of Central Africa (UPAC) marched alongside the higher institutions of learning in its maiden appearance at the May 20 Boulevard exercise.
Nine political parties took part in the march past, brandishing unity-inclined messages while chanting patriotic songs.
The parties represented included: the National Salvation Front (MNSC/FSNC), National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP/UNDP), Movement for the Defense of the Republic (MDR), Cameroon Democratic Union (CDU), Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC), National Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ANDP), Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), Social Democratic Front (SDF) and the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM/RDPC).
Each political party was uniformly dressed and organised and their marching crowned the 20th May 2016 march past which lasted about three hours.
The war against Boko Haram lent added significance to Cameroon’s annual National Day celebrations Friday. There were the usual military parades and speeches, but citizens also mobilized to honor and help the troops.
Hundreds of youths sang in front of President Paul Biya. If it weren’t for the military, they sang, their country would have been seized by Boko Haram.
Cameroon has deployed more than 8,000 soldiers to the north to fight the Nigerian terrorist group.
In hospitals around Yaounde, people donated blood all week for wounded soldiers. Among them was university student Julienne Njock, 19. She said she could not go to the front but could make this modest contribution. The teenager said she was moved when she saw wounded soldiers, some who had lost legs to amputation.
Cameroon said it needs at least 400,000 pints of blood and that shortages have forced medical staff to stop work to give blood for urgent cases.
Alvine Mvogo, 60, could not donate for health reasons. She said she was instead praying for peace to return and soldiers to come back healthy. She said Cameroon has been losing too many people.
Boko Haram began attacking northern Cameroon in 2014. Suicide bombings and raids continue.
The military said it has been struggling to meet the needs of both the soldiers and the over 200,000 displaced people who have sought refuge at camps and host communities in the north.
Military spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said support from the population motivates the troops. He said that even poor villagers had contributed bunches of plantains, that pastors and imams had prayed for the soldiers, and that all political parties had come out to support them Friday.
The government said it had also received over $6 million in donations from the population in the past two years to support the fight against Boko Haram.
UK based Cameroonian artist and renowned fashionista Sama Ndango aka Mr fix it drops a hot new single titled "donne moi Le way" that is bound to get you up and dancing by the fourth second.
produced by CFX, the song is a minimalistic but sophisticated afro-beat driven arrangement, driven by a traditional xylophone, with a pounding live-bassline and numerous references to various tending songs, personalities and styles amongst Cameroonians home and abroad.
Mr fixit jumps on this CFX produced track with an energetic delivery mixing rap and singing in english, french and pidjin, repetitively chanting "donne moi le way" with intelligent lyrics that are, to say the least "open to interpretation". Le Way in Cameroonian street slang refers basically to ANYTHING, or "that thing".
Is this Cameroon's next viral anthem???
Listen to "donne moi le way" on this link as well and decide what "thing" Mr.Fixit aka Sama Ndango wants from you.
YOSA, the lone Anglophone side finished the first round at the fourth position after 17 games played. The Bamenda-based club registered eight victories, four draws, and suffered five defeatas in its 17 games played. They also scored a total of 15 goals and conceding 14. Out of their eight victories recorded, six has been at home.
They have enjoyed some great moments like their 2-1 defeat at home against Union of Douala, 1-1 draw against Coton in Garoua, 1-0 away victory against Bamboutos of Mbouda. However, their nightmare was their 0-3 defeat way in the hands of league leaders, UMS of Loum.
Coton Sport Limping
It has been a bad year for the club from the North Region of the country has they have failed so far to prove their supremacy in the first round of the championship. Currently at the sixth position, the Garoua boys have recorded 6 victories, 8 draws and 3 defeats in 17 games. Also, their goal scoring record has not been convincing. They have scored a total of 16 goals and have conceded 12.
At the top of the table, UMS de Loum leads with 31 points, Unisport de Bafang-30, Union Sportive de Douala with 29 points.
Meanwhile, a the relegation zone, Lion Blessé de Fotouni-16 points, Botafogo FC-15 points and Cosmos FA du Mbam -13 points, are all battling for survival.
UMS de Loum has the best defends after the opposite teams have found the back of their net eight times in 17 games. The weakest defends is that of Dragon Club de Yaoundé that has conceded 25 goals in 17 games and are just a point shy of the relegation zone.
As for the best attack, Union Sportive de Douala are first with 22 goals in 17 games and the poorest attack is that of Cosmos FA du Mbam that has so far scored just eight goals against 22 conceded.
The Urban Community of Yaoundé, the overall town hall of the Cameroonian capital, is planning to facilitate transport conditions for the 3 million inhabitants of the city by creating a new mass metropolitan transport company. The government’s delegate, Gilbert Tsimi Evouma, presented this project to investors gathered in Yaoundé from 17 to 18 May 2016, for the International Economic Conference.
A major asset of this FCfa 13.7 billion project, as highlighted by Gilbert Tsimi Evouna, a site and offices are already available to host this new company, meant to take over the premises of the defunct Société des Transports Urbains du Cameroun (Sotuc).
It is on this same site that the moribund company Le Bus is currently operating. A company created a few years ago as a joint-venture with American partners from Transnational Automotive Group (Taug), but which never managed to continue of the public company Sotuc. For some months now, the buses of the company Le Bus have been less visible on the roads of the capital city than on the premises of the company, which have now become a real scrap yard.