The Japanese government has offered a sum of $2,750,000frs as support to the Cameroon government in the recovery plan to improve on health services and water supply in Fako Division of the South West Region
by Fonban E. Lendzemo
The government of Japan has signed a financial agreement with the government of Cameroon and the United Nation Development Programme to provide financial support for the improvement of access to health services and water supply.
This took place at the star building on Thursday, 18 February 2021 in the presence of the Prime Minister, Head of Government; H.E Chief Dr. Dion Ngute, representatives of different partners in the agreement and members of Cameroon’s government.
Signing for the Japanese government was the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon; H.E Osawa Tsutomu, Alamine Ousmane Mey; Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development signed for Cameroon while Jean Luc Stalon who is the Resident Representative of UNDP signed for UNDP.
This grant worth $2, 750,000USD is the support of the Japanese government for the project for Recovery in the South West Region through Rehabilitation of Health Centers and Water points. The project expected to improve the livelihood of citizens in Fako Division will be implemented by UNDP.
Talking during the signing ceremony, the Japanese top diplomat in Cameroon, H.E Osawa Tsutomu said the government of Japan attaches importance to improving the living conditions of local people in Cameroon.
He added “The government of Japan decided to Finance this project, implemented by UNDP to rehabilitate the water point and health center of the South West Region. We are going to continue to contribute to the reconstruction and development of the South West Region and improvement of the living condition of the local people of the South West Region”
Talking for UNDP, Jean Luc Stalon thanked the Japanese government for their support in alleviating the suffering of the population affected by the ongoing war in the English-speaking part of Cameroon.
“We have made a lot of progress since the signing of this plan. We are working step by step. It is not an easy situation but the priority for us is to support the population of the North West and South West affected by the crises. I think it is very important while other things are taking place that we do not forget to provide; social and economic services to the affected population” said Jean Luc Stalon as he spoke to the media after the signing ceremony.
For his part, the Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development; Alamine Ousmane Mey expressed the gratitude of the Cameroon government to the government of Japan for spearheading the recovery plan initiated during the National Dialogue.
He recounted “Allow me first of all to recall the Grand National Dialogue that took place in 2019 and one of the flagship recommendations of this Grand National Dialogue was the implementation of the presidential reconstruction and development plan for the two regions affected by the sociopolitical crises in the North West and South West. The government has elaborated a draft plan with the budget of 89billion cfa frs and the government of Cameroon has pledged its contribution up to 10% by disbursing 8.9billion cfa frs already”
Minister Ousmane Mey said that, the presence of the Prime Minister, Head of Government at the ceremony is a testimony of the commitment of the government and the strong resolve of Cameroon to bring back stability and development in these affected regions. He urged other partners of Cameroon to follow the example of Japan.
The ceremony ended with souvenir photos as Cameroon rejoices over this heavy envelope from Japan.