Cameroon – Transport: Cameroon’s government announces tarring of nearly 1,000 km of roads in 2017

Written by Deckson N.

The Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang, revealed on 22 November 2016 to the MPs, the government’s ambitions in the field of road infrastructure construction in 2017. Presenting to the elected representatives of the People the economic, social And cultural program of his government for next year, Philemon Yang announced a bitumen program of nearly 1000 km of roads.

In detail, it has been learned that within the framework of its public investment budget (BIP), supported by financing from external partners, the government will aim at bitumen a linear network of 250 km of new roads, said the PM. To this will be added 677 km of roads that will be bitumen under the triennial emergency plan, said Philemon Yang.

This announcement of the PM reveals that the government of Cameroon will once again in 2017 promise to tare on average 300 km of roads every year but also that the authorities are approaching their objective to have a paved road network of 8500 km Of roads in 2020, compared to just over 6000 km currently.

However, this remains insufficient for the country. Because 8500 km of paved roads correspond to only 17% of the national road network. At the origin of this delay in the construction of roads, several experts support the high cost of asphalting in the country, which would be double the average practiced in Africa. A trend that the government wants to reverse by setting up input production units, such as crushing plants.

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