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Cameroon vie for PRA eligibility

It is in this vein that Minister Alamine Ousmane Mey chaired a national workshop to launch regional consultations as part of the development of a government strategy, on February 23, 2021 in Yaoundé. Cameroon wants to be eligible for the Allocation for Prevention and Resilience (PRA).

This is one of the envelopes put in place by the World Bank through the International Development Association (IDA). This particular envelope “is intended to increase support to countries where there is a risk of escalation in fragility or towards a conflict of greater intensity, or even towards cases of violence”, reports the national bilingual daily Cameroon Tribune in kiosk this February 24, 2021.

Situations of fragility, conflict and violence are essential criteria that grant Cameroon eligibility for this funding window, in order to achieve strong and inclusive growth.

Thus, a national workshop to launch regional consultations as part of the development of the government strategy for Cameroon’s eligibility for this window was held on February 23, 2021 in Yaoundé. It was chaired by the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), Alamine Ousmane Mey.

According to the Minister, “for the country to benefit from PRA window funding, it will first have to prepare an eligibility note. Cameroon faces multiple challenges in the Far North in the face of Boko-Haram, a socio-political crisis in the North West and South West regions. The influx of refugees from CAR and Nigeria, not to mention the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

For Keiko Kubota of the World Bank, “four major pillars are at the centre of this strategy on which the formulation of the note should be based. There is the prevention of violent conflicts and interpersonal violence, the preservation of the progress made in development, the protection of essential institutions, the building of resilience,.”

Finally, she specifies that if all goes well, “Cameroon will be able to claim funding of nearly 670 million dollars (361.9 billion FCFA)”