Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(APA 09/25/17)
Eximbank of China has approved a CFAF50 billion loan to Cameroon to fund drinking water supply projects throughout the country, reports said on Monday. The agreement was struck by the ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) and China’s economic and technical cooperation for the funding of the second phase of the project, covering nine urban centers. Running from 2018 through 2021, the second phase covers the towns of Dschang in the western region, Yabassi (Littoral), Maroua (Far North), Garoua (North) and Garoua-Boulai (East). The first phase 2014-2017 has benefited localities of Bafoussam (West), Bamenda (North-West), Kribi and Sangmélima (South). In the water supply sector, Eximbank of China has already financed more than CFAF 200 billion between 2008 and...
(APA 09/25/17)
APA-Yaoundé (Cameroon) - The Cameroonian subsidiary of the French group Bolloré Transport and Logistics has announced that it will invest in social projects throughout the country, following renovation work undertaken by it in public schools of New-Deido located in the economic metropolis, Douala. Indeed, in the aftermath of the 2nd edition of its “Marathon Day,” a sports event held last Thursday in this city and which gathered 700 staff his director for the Gulf of Guinea region, Mohamed Diop, insisted on the symbolic aspect aimed at arousing, in each of the collaborators, “the strong feelings of belonging to a family group sensitive to the ideals of solidarity, fraternity and humility.” Interviewed by APA, he recalled that Bolloré Transport & Logistics’...
(APA 09/25/17)
The French embassy in Cameroon has just marked the Central African country’s English-speaking western region as "red zones" due to the increasing social upheaval, advising its citizens to avoid traveling to the area, reports said on Monday. "Due to the tensions in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon (North West, South West), it is recommended to travelers to this area to avoid gatherings and not to go out at night," the French embassy cautioned. "Moreover, in the context of a general strike, it is advisable to refrain from travelling in the cities - notably Bamenda, Buea, Limbe, Kumba," the embassy added. For the French living in these areas, they are urged to show caution and to strictly abide by the safety...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
Cameroon's National Communication Council, the government media regulator, has suspended 30 journalists or radio and TV programs for what it calls biased reporting. Among the more than 30 media organizations and journalists the NCC has suspended or warned are newspapers La Nouvelle Expression, La Meteo, L'Anecdote and the capital city radio station Amplitude FM. NCC president Peter Essoka said the media organizations and journalists were suspended from one to six months because of unprofessional conduct and refusal to respect norms and ethics of journalism. "When a journalist comes up with a newspaper article and says a certain minister is known to be running with the prime minister’s wife, how do you take that? It is indecent. It is indecent. And...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(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 to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(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. We must not forget that we are the gateway to several countries of the hinterland. We have a lot of heavy goods vehicles on this Yaoundé-Douala road. We are currently carrying out technical studies for the rehabilitation of the heavy...
(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 guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(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 visa fees. CFA10 billion will be collected from airport stamp charges and CFA120 billion from tourist taxes paid to the state. However, no less than CFA750 billion will be pumped into the tourism economy through transport services, accommodation, catering, telephone...
(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 visa fees. CFA10 billion will be collected from airport stamp charges and CFA120 billion from tourist taxes paid to the state. However, no less than CFA750 billion will be pumped into the tourism economy through transport services, accommodation, catering, telephone...
(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, who has for OIF assistance in preparation for the next electoral consultations in Cameroon. Unless there is a change in the electoral calendar, Cameroon will in 2018 have four important electoral events, notably the presidential, senatorial, legislative and municipal elections.
(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 Cameroon and Central Africa, OFII offers aid for social reintegration, reintegration through employment and through the setting up of TPE.
(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 is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(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 exchange for positions in the physical market, where buyers have more control over the quality and origin of supplies. Official exchange data on the delivery is due on Friday but dealers said they expect the remaining volume sold against the...

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