While the Moroccan consortium led by the National Office for PotableWater (Office national de l’eau potable – Onep) is almost certain to lose its contract of leasing in the water sector in 2017, Brahim Ramdane, the Director General of (CDE) on June 13 gave an interview to the daily Le Quotidien de l’économie.
In the interview, the Moroccan states: “The tenancy contract is 10 years, renewal is not an obligation … It is a decision of the State of Cameroon, it is a sovereign decision we respect. We will have 10 years next year, we leave a very positive record “. According to Brahim Ramdane, the delivery points in 2008, the year of the start of Onep’s activities in Cameroon, were 335,000 points spread over the entire perimeter. By the end of 2016, the CDE had increased to 500,000 delivery points, a 48% increase.
“The perimeter itself has increased. It was 105 urban and peri-urban centers at the beginning of the leasing. At present, it may be extended to areas that were not within the perimeter at the beginning of the leasing, “the DG says. Mr Ramdane concludes that, in order to solve the water problem in Cameroon, more investment is needed and not reforms. “If you want the service to be good, you should have facilities that produce water,” he insists.
It is since March 2016 that Paul Biya, the Cameroonian head of state, instructed the government not to renew the lease contract of the Moroccan-led CDE. In addition to the growing difficulties in the distribution of drinking water in large metropolises, observers suspect a collusion of interests between members of the Cameroonian government and the Moroccan shareholders of the CDE.