Batchenga – Tibati Road: Work On Track

Agiant 400m-long bridge over the River Sanaga at Natchigal is fast taking shape, Cameroon Tribune has observed. This was during a three-day inspection visit of construction works on the National Road No. 15 – Batchenga-Ntui-YokoLena-Tibati – by the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, in the company of the Secretary of State in the Minister of Public Works in charge of Roads, Armand Ndjodom.

While on a stopover at the bridge project site, Monday March 4, 2019, Minister Nganou Djoumessi appreciated the work that has been done so far on the bridge by Razel BEC Group/Razel Cameroun. He also lau ded the company for renovating the existing ferry on the river and making it all-time usable.

As of February 2019, Stretch one of the National Road No. 15, from Batchenga in the Lekie Division to Ntui in the Mbam& Kim Division, covering 21.3 km had been executed at 40.17 per cent, officials noted. Work on the stretch entails the tarring of the road; 7m wide, 5 cm in thickness (bitumen), 1.5m shoulders and side walk. Nganou Djoumessi promised to provide immediate solutions to hurdles which impede the progress of work. Amongst them was the non-liberation of certain project sites over the delayed payment of indemnities. He said procedures will be urgently engaged to allow for the payment of compensations by cheques so as to cause the locals to free project sites in order to speed up works.

The Minister also reiterate that all peripheral projects like schools, urban roads, hospitals, town halls, boreholes, amongst others, incorporated in the project will be executed. As the Minister and his team proceeded on the inspection visit, he noticed that work of Stretch two (Ntui-Mankim) measuring 96.7km of the National Road No. 15 had not evolved as expected, two years after. Preparatory works by the construction firm ElevolutionEngenharia S.A (Elevo) is said to stand at 22.38 per cent and the installation of the firm’s base at 16.67 per cent.

Total execution rate stands at just 4.56 per cent. “The mobilisation of the construction firm is not good at all. The company is not doing well. This is an unfortunate situation,” the Minister frowned. He then suspended Elevo from Stretch two and asked the company to concentrate its efforts on Stretch three (Mankim-Yoko). A new company will be contracted to catch up with work on Stretch two

Economie numérique: les enjeux expliqués aux étudiants

Le ministre des Postes et Télécommunications a lancé le cycle des conférences scientifiques de haut niveau mercredi dernier à Yaoundé.

Pour le ministre des Postes et Télécommunications (Minpostel), Minette Libom Li Likeng, l’économie numérique est aujourd’hui le phénomène du siècle. C’est un secteur d’avenir, moteur de la croissance et créateur d’emplois pour les jeunes. Une perche que les étudiants de l’Ecole nationale supérieure des postes et télécommunications et des technologies de l’information et la communication (Sup’ptic) devraient saisir.

Question de créer et de développer de petites entreprises numériques qui résoudraient des problèmes posés par la société. C’est en gros le message que le Minpostel a transmis aux étudiants et enseignants de cette école mercredi dernier à Yaoundé alors qu’elle procédait au lancement du cycle des conférences scientifiques de haut niveau initié par le directeur dudit établissement.

L’objectif final étant d’en faire un pool d’excellence D’ailleurs, l’installation imminente d’un incubateur y est annoncée.

Le thème choisi pour ce premier colloque animé par deux experts en informatique était : « Les nouveaux environnements des télécommunications face aux défis de l’économie numérique ». Le Dr Mfuh Kenji, conseiller technique au Minpostel, a dans son exposé, retracé l’évolution de l’économie numérique ancienne jusqu’à nos jours. Selon lui, les étudiants devraient constamment être en éveil, innover tout en créant des projets numériques avec à la clé, une plus-value.

En clair, convertir les besoins en opportunités et les exploiter en y ajoutant de la valeur. « C’est cette combinaison qu’on vend et qui développe l’économie numérique », conclut-il. Le deuxième exposant, Paul Zambo a abondé dans le même sens, en insistant sur le fait « de transformer un problème en une solution dans le digital ». L’expert s’est aussi attardé sur la portée du Cloud et de la Big data. Des outils incontournables pour la sauvegarde des travaux, de même que de l’accès au savoir. Le projet présidentiel a également été au centre des discussions.

D’après  Paul Zambo, le PB-HEV est un outil utile pour tout étudiant amené à effectuer un travail universitaire. Il les a notamment édifiés sur ses caractéristiques, volet ordinateur et volet Cloud computing. De même que la rentabilité de son utilisation côté académique et aspect économie numérique.

Trade Dispute Arbitration : Douala Hosts International Conference

The 6th conference on arbitration in commercial disputes is currently underway at the GICAM head office in Douala. The conference taking place on the theme “legal culture and arbitration/ADR (mediation) practice in Africa” brings together arbitration practitioners, legal minds and business magnets from the 17 member countries of OHADA. 

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the conference convenor, Dr Emilia Onyema, of the School of Oriental and African Studies-London University, said the purpose of the conference is to promote arbitration in settling commercial disputes in Africa. Hence they will be examining issues related to legal culture and how legal culture can promote development in Africa.

Other speakers included the Secretary General of OHADA, Emmanuel Sibidi Darankaoum, who said the conference offers an opportunity to those involved in arbitration and mediation to exchange knowledge and experiences with legal practitioners and business community in Cameroon. He said arbitration is now the consensual means of solving commercial disputes at the international level, reason why arbitration was included in the OHAD law and an organ CCJA, created to implement it.

The view was corroborated by the second vice president of GICAM, representing the president who said in order to have a modern instrument in the resolution of trade disputes, GICAM created and arbitration centred in 1998, CAG, which later became a centre for mediation an arbitration, CMAG. There were other speeches from the Cameroon Bar Association and an inaugural lecture from the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Dschang.

After Addis Ababa, Cairo, Kigali and Arusha, Douala is the first French speaking African city to host the conference. The initiative is borne from a research on “creating a sus

Cyber Risks : Experts Poised To Protect Critical Assets

Cyber-crimes, including scamming, phishing, identity theft, web defacement, skimming, fake news on internet, amongst others, have taken a dangerous turn in the country and around the world. Against this backdrop, experts in the information and communication technologies sector are leaving no stone unturned in facing the problem head on. The managers of IT of strategic state institutions came together in Yaounde to share ideas and strategies during a three-day workshop, April 2-4, 2019.

During the workshop, organized by the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) and supported by the Commonwealth, the IT security officers were enlightened on IT risks assessment. Their exchange focussed on the state of cybersecurity and cybercrime in Cameroon, national critical assets identification methodology, national cyber risk assessment, the protection of critical cyberspace assets, amongst others. It was also an opportunity for ANTIC to establish an inventory of critical cyber risks in the country.

Speaking during the workshop, Prof. Ebot Ebot Enaw, General Manager of ANTIC said ICTs have emerged in recent years as a key driver of socio-economic growth, but are facing serious threats. “With the advent of the internet and rapid technological advancements, most critical assets, including infrastructure supporting banking services, and some supervisory control and data acquisition systems are now connected to the internet. Besides allowing easy access to the services offered and easing the technical burden on IT staff, openness to the internet unfortunately increases the vulnerability of these assets and as such exposes them to multiple cyber threats, which if not adequately addressed could impact the economy and security of our nation, the wellbeing of our population as well as the safety of people and goods,” he said.

The General Manager of ANTIC noted that in the face of increased security threats characterized by acts of vandalism perpetrated both in real world and in the cyberspace, it is more than ever, necessary that appropriate security measures be taken to protect critical assets deployed in the country’s cyberspace.

Production du cacao: l’expérience des écoles paysannes

Ce procédé, selon les chercheurs du Camercap-parc, pourrait améliorer le rendement des producteurs en quantité mais aussi en qualité.

Pour environ 10 000 agriculteurs formés par les écoles paysannes, on aura par an une production de 970 tonnes de cacao. Le Cameroun comptant environ 400 000 planteurs de cacao, la formation des agriculteurs aux écoles paysannes, la production annuelle qui est actuellement d’environ 300 000 tonnes pourrait être améliorée de 38 800 tonnes. Conclusion : la formation des agriculteurs dans les écoles paysannes peut conduire le Cameroun à atteindre l’émergence à l’horizon 2035.

Cette conclusion est le fruit d’une étude des chercheurs du Centre d’analyse et de recherche sur les politiques économiques et sociales (Camercap-parc) rendue publique récemment à Yaoundé.

En effet, des écoles paysannes mises en place par le programme pour le développement durable des cultures pérennes sont des regroupements d’une vingtaine de chercheurs au moins qui travaillent ensemble dans le but d’améliorer leur productivité.

Les formateurs donnent les outils aux cacaoculteurs pour améliorer la production paysanne à travers la taille du cacao, en utilisant moins de pesticides mais des fertilisants, entre autres.

Les chercheurs du Camercap-parc énumèrent un certain nombre de recommandations pour amener le Cameroun vers une productivité quantitative et qualitative du cacao. Ils proposent donc de promouvoir les écoles paysannes dans les zones non couvertes, d’améliorer la qualité de la formation dans les écoles paysannes afin d’augmenter leurs impacts sur le rendement du cacao.