Cameroon – Big Brother: Bank of China Grants CFAF 46 Billion Loan to Cameroon for Urban Video Surveillance System

Written by Deckson N.

The President of the Republic, Paul Biya, signed Decree No. 2017/297 of 19 June 2017 authorizing the Minister of Economy, Louis Paul Motaze, to sign a commercial loan agreement with the Bank of China in an amount of 83,561,538.46 US dollars, or about 45.9 billion FCFA.

According to this presidential decree, this money will be used to finance the project for the national extension of the intelligent urban video surveillance system (Phase I). This will involve the installation of 1500 CCTV cameras in some Cameroon cities and the provision of 2000 portable transceivers, with a view to better surveillance of the territory by Cameroonian police.

Among the cities chosen as part of the implementation of this phase I, there are the capital cities of the ten regions of the country, as well as strategic cities such as the seaside town of Kribi where the commissioning is expected of the largest port of Cameroon, Kyé-Ossi and Garoua-Boulaï, towns border with Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic. Not to mention the cities of Waza, Fotokol, Kousseri and Amchidé, located in the Far North region, threatened by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.

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