Cameroon – Cooperation: Germany suspends micro-project financing in Cameroon

Written by Deckson N.

No justification is given for this decision although some sources close to the file refer to a suspension linked to a “restructuring” problem.

The Federal Republic of Germany has decided to suspend the financing of micro-development projects in Cameroon for the years 2016 and 2017. According to the press release of the German Embassy, relayed on Thursday by APA, “applications will be accepted only” After the resumption of funding for micro-development projects “. No justification is given for this suspension, it is learned. But, some sources close to the file mention a suspension linked to a problem of “restructuring“, reports APA.

The statement from the German Embassy in Cameroon explains that “in the framework of bilateral technical cooperation, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cameroon has a fund to finance micro-development projects. Funded projects should aim to cover the basic needs of the most deprived sections of the population. Particular attention is also paid to the consideration of the concept of gender in each funded project “.

In addition, the statement said, “because of the large number of applications, the financing of the project is limited to a maximum amount of 10,000 euros in Cameroon“, or about 6.5 million CFA francs.

At the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), where bilateral cooperation is managed, a source told APA that “it is because of the absence of staff dedicated to follow-up Of the physical and financial execution of micro-projects which it finances with its own resources, that the German Embassy has decided to suspend this funding “.

The micro projects submitted to the embassy for funding mainly target the construction and equipment of schools and health centers, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, rural electrification. In other words, this suspension does not concern bilateral cooperation in itself. That is to say the resources granted to the Government of Cameroon in the framework of the intergovernmental negotiations and followed by authorized structures. This is the case with GIZ, the German cooperation agency whose envelope for Cameroon in 2016 under bilateral cooperation is estimated at 65.8 billion CFA francs.

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