Monday 25 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/17)
Thousands of demonstrators from largely Francophone Cameroon’s English-speaking minority took to the streets to demand more rights on Friday, some of them hoisting separatist flags. Two Anglophone regions in the west account for about a sixth of Cameroon’s population. Long-standing complaints of political and economic discrimination spilled over there last year when lawyers and teachers called for reforms. Security forces killed six protesters and arrested hundreds of others, and the internet was shut down in the region from January to April, crippling businesses in a crackdown that was condemned internationally. Friday’s protests were the largest and most widespread in months and came the day after a bomb suspected
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets in English-speaking parts of Cameroon in protest at perceived discrimination in favour of the country's francophone majority, concurring sources said. "Several thousand people have been marching in Bamenda," the main town in northwest Cameroon and the hub of anglophone agitation, a source close to the regional authorities said, requesting anonymity. State radio announced that the authorities in the English-speaking northwest had banned all street demonstrations and internal movement within the region's departments (counties) until October 3.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
An improvised bomb wounded three policemen in the main city of Cameroon’s minority English-speaking region on Thursday, the regional governor said, in an attack a senior security source blamed on separatist militants. Speaking on state TV, Adolphe Lele Lafrique, Governor of the North West Region, referred to a “terrorist attack” in the city of Bamenda, in the western part of the country. A senior security source told Reuters by telephone the attack was the work of “extremists” who want independence for the Anglophone part of mostly French-speaking Cameroon. If true, it would represent a dangerous escalation of a conflict that had thus far pitted only unarmed demonstrators against the security forces.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(APA 09/21/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - Rehabilitation of the Douala-Yaoundé road linking the main economic and political metropolitan areas of Cameroon requires an investment of 47 billion CFA. This will allow replacing the metal nozzles with concrete scuppers, the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP) said Thursday. According to a study by the Directorate of Infrastructure Works (DGTI) at the Ministry of Public Works, 309 nozzles should be replaced to stop the gradual deterioration of the road. “Traffic on this road has increased considerably...
(Voice of America 09/21/17)
Cameroon has been using its 2014 anti-terror law to "silence critics and suppress dissent," according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Members of the media who report on the Boko Haram insurgency or controversial topics such as the ongoing strike in English-speaking zones have been arrested or threatened by the government, according to CPJ. Bruno Nkwemo of the Cameroon Union of Journalists says reporters fear practicing their profession. Cameroonian journalists are not criminals
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(APA 09/18/17)
APA – Douala (Cameroon) - Cameroon plans to double its revenue from tourism from CFAF 560 billion to CFAF 1000 billion in 2017, according to forecasts published by the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure (MINTOUL). In view of this, the country expects one million tourists with a total return of more than CFA1,000 billion, which will almost double revenues Cameroon earned last year. According to MINTOUL forecasts, one million tourists is equivalent to about CFA 75 billion in terms of...
(APA 09/18/17)
APA – Douala (Cameroon) - Cameroon plans to double its revenue from tourism from CFAF 560 billion to CFAF 1000 billion in 2017, according to forecasts published by the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure (MINTOUL). In view of this, the country expects one million tourists with a total return of more than CFA1,000 billion, which will almost double revenues Cameroon earned last year. According to MINTOUL forecasts, one million tourists is equivalent to about CFA 75 billion in terms of...
(APA 09/18/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - A delegation of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) is currently in Cameroon to assess the country’s electoral system, sources told APA on Monday. Headed by former Burkina Faso prime minister, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, formerly president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), this OIF mission will hold several meetings with political leaders. The mission, which will spend five days in Cameroon, follows a request from the Director General of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) Abdoulaye Babale,...
(APA 09/18/17)
APA - Yaoundé (Cameroon)- At least twelve business start-ups have been approved and will be funded by the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) to the tune of over CFA43.9 million to rehabilitate returning migrants, APA learned Saturday from the French Embassy in Yaounde. The approved projects, made up of very small enterprises (TPE), concern the fields of agriculture, livestock, poultry farming, services and trade. Responsible for the implementation of the French policy of repatriating and rehabilitating returnees in...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(APA 09/15/17)
APA-Yaounde (Cameroon) - The British investment fund, Actis, and the Nigerian group, Genesis, have announced the signing of an agreement to open, in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala, “the country’s largest multi-purpose commercial development center.” This was contained in a press release. Dubbed “Douala Grand Mall,” the center covers an area of 18,000 square meters, and will consisting of shops, leisure areas, a cinema and a supermarket. The promoters of this “tourist and historical project,” who have penned an agreement with Craft Development, a local real estate developer, also provide a commercial park with a 5-star hotel and offices. The initiators of the project, for which neither the start date...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/15/17)
The prospect of receiving cocoa from less desirable origins such as Cameroon and Nigeria has dampened demand for the London September contract, with even deep discounts failing to whet buyers’ appetites. Open interest in the September cocoa contract has dropped dramatically in the last few sessions, and was standing at 11,827 lots by the end of Wednesday. On Thursday, some 11,108 lots were “exchanged for physicals” (EFP), signaling most remaining open positions in the futures contract had been swapped in...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...
(APA 09/14/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The Cameroonian and French navies, scheduled to conduct joint military exercises in the Gulf of Guinea, are currently coordinating their actions at the naval base in Douala, APA learned on Thursday in the port city. The Navies’ joint exercise, codenamed NEMO 17.6, aims at increasing security of the Gulf of Guinea. They are being conducted ahead of the holding in a few days in Dakar, Senegal, of an international symposium on maritime safety and security. In the...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
A young woman blew herself up on Wednesday in Cameroon's far north, killing four people and injuring another in an area frequently targeted by Boko Haram jihadists from neighbouring Nigeria. The attack happened in Sandawadjiri, just 15 kilometres (10 miles) from Nigeria's northeastern border, a security source in Yaounde said, adding that "a young woman blew herself up" in front of a mosque. The attack and the toll were both confirmed to AFP by a security source in the region. The Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - A girl with a bomb strapped to her walked into a mosque in northern Cameroon where it exploded, killing five worshippers in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, authorities said. The girl of 12 or 13 years old arrived at the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata at the first call to prayer at between five and six a.m., the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region Midjiyawa Bakary told Reuters by telephone. “The...
(Bloomberg 09/13/17)
Cameroon is taking steps to encourage farmers to grow better quality cocoa after a deterioration in last year’s crop resulted in lower prices for the country’s beans. About 90 percent of Cameroon’s cocoa exports in the season through July were classed as Grade 2, the second of three quality ratings for beans, according to Trade Minister Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga. That compared with 97 percent previously and meant that Cameroonian cocoa was about 200 CFA Francs ($0.37) per kilogram cheaper than international prices for the chocolate ingredient, he said. Cameroon, the world’s fifth-largest cocoa producer, has distributed 1,800 new, modern dryers to farmers to help reduce the smoky smell and high moisture content that meant...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leaders of Cameroon’s indigenous forest peoples say their survival is at risk if they are further deprived of access to the lands that are the source of their livelihoods. Speaking in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, indigenous representatives said they had experienced increasingly serious violations of their land rights by palm oil and other agro-industries, mining firms and timber concessions, as well as the process of creating protected areas on their ancestral lands. “This disturbing situation foreshadows...

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