Cameroon – Infrastructures: The Chinese Cfhec resumes its activities on the Yaoundé-Douala motorway after a work stoppage for non-payment

Written by Deckson N.

As of 02 June 2017, the Ministry of Public Works (Mintp) reports that the overall progress of the Yaoundé-Douala motorway construction project, Phase 1 (20 km out of a total of 215 km), is estimated at 40%.

Thus, from the kilometric point KP 0 to the KP 10, the Chinese company China First Highway Engineering Co Ltd (CFHEC) is 100% done with the excavation work. The same applies to rock cuttings, the purging of bad soils, the work of embankments from excavated material, etc. “With regard to the financial situation of the highway construction project, which has been the subject of several revolts in recent months, Wen Yueping, Deputy Director of the China First Highway Engineering Company (Cfhec) and the head of the Raoul Control Mission Ben Romdhana said during the weekly site meeting that all counts were paid. “Informs the Mintp.

The Chinese company Cfhec had stopped the work in April 2017 for non-payment. In fact, by a memorandum dated April 29, 2017 from which we were able to obtain a copy, the human resources department of the Chinese company contacted its employees in the following terms: “We regret to inform you that the Cfhec management has decided to suspend the work of the earthworkers on the construction site of the first phase of the Yaoundé-Douala motorway as of 2 May 2017 “. China First Highway Engineering Co Ltd added that during the shutdown period, payment of wages will be made in accordance with laws and regulations. The period of Ineligibility shall be one month from May 2, 2017, and may be extended as required.

The resumption of work by the Chinese party is therefore the proof that she collected the payments she claimed, even if the amount is not disclosed. But it is known that it is in 2012 that Eximbank China has agreed to grant a loan of 241 billion CFA francs for the construction of the first phase of the motorway between Douala and Yaoundé.

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