Prime Minister, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute on Thursday December 5 held a meeting with the donor community, representatives of international oranisations and diplomats focused on raising funds for the reconstruction of the crisis-hit North West and South West regions.
The meeting took place at the Prime Ministry. At least 15 different diplomatic services were part of the consultation meeting. Government’s move is anchored on some of the recommendations of the Major National Dialogue.
Jean Luc Stalon, representative of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Cameroon told reporters after the audience that his institution was ready to partner with the state to end the suffering of the masses.
Stalon said UNDP’s capacity in handling such tasks will be put at the disposal of the state alongside partners to mobilise resources.
Aysce Sarac, Turkish Ambassador to Cameroon, declared her country’s readiness to help in Cameroon’s reconstruction efforts. The ambassador said an evaluation will be done on the modalities and other details concern in the reconstruction process for the Turkish government to take any action.
Phillipe Larieu, Charge D’Affaire at the French Embassy remarked that, his country had long announced the availability of huge sums of money to support. He said it is left for Cameroon to ask for the money to be allocated for the reconstruction process.
The meeting was aimed at triggering a positive international response for fund mobilisation to jumpstart the English-speaking regions reeling from an armed conflict.
At the recent major National Dialogue, MND, the Commission on Reconstruction and Development proposed a budget of 3500 billion FCFA as the amount needed to revamp life in the restive regions.
The commission outlined key areas and projects that need to be given a new impetus within t a period of 10 years. Major projects cited in the proposal are; the Limbe Deap Seaport, the development of the Menchum Dam and the Katsina Alla Falls.
Agro-industrial coporations such as the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC, and PAMOL plantations are envisaged here. There is the compensation of individuals, families, religious institutions and traditional authorities for losses suffered.
In the face of demonstrated commitment, development experts say the state is simply putting the cart before the horse. Such observers questioned what kind of development can take place in these regions when the crisis continues to spiral. Critics say the state should first solve the problem before engaging to raise money for reconstruction.
The Prime Minister had on Monday September 2,2019 signed a decree declaring the restive North West and South West regions economic risk zones.