Cameroon and France for new perspectives in the water and energy sectors

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The water and energy sectors are extremely linked and their development cannot be separated. It is in this context that, Gaston ELOUNDOU Ellis, Cameroonian Minister of water and energy who received the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Gilles Thibault in audience on Thursday 21 March 2019 in Yaoundé, intends to materialise this logic. For a little over an hour, the two men went around the water and energy sectors in Cameroon. But also of the nature of the support that France could continue to make in the development of these sectors.  

"Water and energy are two areas in which France has been working with Cameroon for a long time. There are important projects to improve the supply of water and electricity in Cameroon to which we are interested. French companies have a know-how to argue. We have made the point with the Minister on different issues in a time that is difficult for everyone, "explained Gilles Thibault at the exit of the hearing that took place in camera with our colleagues at mediaterre.org. The French diplomat also noted the willingness of the Cameroonian Government to increase the quality of service with, in particular, the rehabilitation of dams, the development of alternative sources of energy production such as photovoltaics. The overall question was how "France could usefully help Cameroon".

With regard to the Nachtigal project which will change the supply of electrical energy. Gilles Thibault said: "this is a Franco-Cameroonian success story worldwide. It is EDF who is manoeuvring through NHPC which gathers all the lessors for the construction of the dam. We talked about this project to be happy, to say that there are not just things that do not work. "

The issue of water supply in Yaoundé and the rest of the country was also mentioned. It should be noted that currently, the cities of Yaoundé and Douala are currently undergoing significant investments aimed at resolving the quantitative insufficiency suffered by these two major urban groupings in the country. Through this work, "we are talking about increasing storage and processing capacity and by 2020, reaching a drinking water access rate of 75%," says the tutelary authority of the sector. On the side of Yaoundé for example many projects have been carried out in recent years. We can cite the extension of the production of the Akomnyada station of 55 000 m3 per day, the rehabilitation of the pumping station of the Mefou (Nkolbisson).

And even if the problem arises more acutely in the city of Douala, the economic capital has also benefited from many achievements. Including the construction and implementation of certain production stations. But it's better. In the next few days, this city, which serves as the most populous of the country, will have a major project. The realization of the latter is a cause of hope for the populations, as it will strengthen the supply of drinking water by an additional intake of 300 000 m3 of water per day.

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