On January 22, 2021, following a hearing between Tsutomu Osawa, the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon, and the Cameroonian Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, the Land of the Rising Sun pledged to provide Cameroon with aid substantial so that it can carry out its reconstruction plan for the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions.
Almost a month after this announcement, the Japanese government has just followed through on its promise. According to information relayed by the CRTV this Thursday, February 18, 2021, the country of Shinzo Abe has just granted funding of $ 2.7 million to Cameroon as a contribution to the realization of this pharaonic project, an amount of 1,492,920,000 FCFA.
“The Japanese government has provided support for the Presidential Plan for the Development and Reconstruction of the Northwest and Southwest Regions to the tune of 2,750,000 US dollars. The funding agreement was signed by the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon; Osawa Tsutomu, Minister of Economy, Planning and Land Use Planning, Alamine Ousmane Mey, and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program; Jean Luc Stalon.
The financing agreement signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute, is oriented towards the construction of a supply of drinking water and health facilities in the department of Fako, South-West region. Japan is the first partner of Cameroon to materialize its support for the Presidential Plan for the Development and Reconstruction of the North West and South West Regions, ”the government daily posted on Facebook.
In detail, the reconstruction plan for the English-speaking regions of the Northwest and Southwest, in the grip of a security crisis for almost 5 years, provides for the rehabilitation of 350 schools, 115 health centers, 40 bridges, 400 water points, 500 kilometers of low voltage power lines, 600 kilometers of rural roads, 45 markets and 12,000 houses. Not to mention around 25,000 hectares of plantations.