The Ambassador of France to Cameroon has reaffirmed his government’s determination to develop the town of Bamenda to a modern city. H.E Gilles Thibault as part of his two days visit to the North West Region made a stopover at the Bamenda City Council during which he had an exchange with the government delegate to the City. 
While sharing on the life of the city, Ndumu Vincent Nji painted images of a peace loving city and hardworking people. Though with a deplorable road infrastructure, the government delegate told the Ambassador that government had already put in place a project to improve the roads within the city. The French diplomat will however express the wish for Bamenda people to feel roads not just to be told that there will be a project.
Accompanied by the city delegate, the Ambassador visited Bamendakwe and Nsongwa where some future projects for the city have been earmarked.
The development project christened “Capitales Regionales” by the French government has as main goals to improve urban mobility and to open up enclosed neighbourhoods, to improve the basic urban services, to support and improve the economic development of the city and increase the attractiveness of the city.
From what this reporter gathered during the visit of the French Diplomat’s visit, Bamenda was selected to benefit from the development program in the framework of the third Debt-Reduction and development Contract C2D which was signed in 2016 during the visit of the former Minister “Secretaire d’Etat charge du Development et la Francophonie” Valllini.
By 2020 when construction works are effectively expected to start Bamenda will witness an improvement on road infrastructure, markets, bus stations, public space development like parks, drilling drinking water fountains, public toilets, public lights amongst others. 
H.E Gilles later in the day visited the Rice reference Center in Ndop where there is supposed to be an improvement in rice production following financial support from the French government through the Debt-Reduction and development Contract C2D for the production of the rice. Though most of the production reference center was only seen on picture with few bags of rice in mouth sealed sacks and motors bags or jut bags, one lone machine expected to be for hauling and some blackened drums used in pa-boiling rice, the Ambassador will tell the press that he was satisfied with the work done so far in increasing rice productivity and dissemination of quality seeds of improved rice varieties.
The Ambassador ended his day in Ndop with a visit to the dilapidated Ndop Vocational Training Center being what is popularly called SAR-SM supported by the French Development Agency better known by the French acronym AFD being one of four centers across the country financed by the Debt-Reduction and development Contract C2D amounting to about FCFA 6.5 billion. The center is expected to develop a more professional training base defined by the needs of the labour market thus limiting unemployment and underemployment through activities like agribusiness processing and manufacturing, maintenance of small equipment, renewable energy and mechanics. The center is expected to go operational in 2019 after the contractor is recruited and sent to work this year.

Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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