Cameroon-Germany: A New Focus for Cooperation Framework

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Le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey et le Chef de Division Afrique Centrale du Ministère Fédéral Allemand de la Coopération Economique et du Développement (BMZ), Dr Simon Koppers intervenant par visio-conférence, ont coprésidé le 09 juin 2021 à Yaoundé, les consultations intergouvernementales entre le Cameroun et la République Fédérale d’Allemagne (RFA). C'était en présence de plusieurs membres du Gouvernement (MINFI, MINEPIA, MINFOF, MINDEVEL, MINJEC, MINADER…) et de l'Ambassadrice d'Allemagne au Cameroun, Corinna Fricke.

The strategic dialogue on the framework conditions of German cooperation in Cameroon, together with the political situation, business climate, as well as the review of German intervention sectors in Cameroon figured on the agenda of the launching ceremony of these Intergovernmental consultations between Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). Deliberations which kicked off on 9 June in Yaounde were an opportunity for both parties to assess and take stock of the progress made in terms of the implementation of commitments arising from the 2016 negotiations in West Africa.

In introducing the strategic reorientation of German development policy within the “BMZ 2030” reform process, Dr. Simon Koppers, Head of the German Delegation, noted that this new tool, which is part of the National Development Strategy for the 2020-2030 period (NDS30), is intended to be more strategic, effective and efficient. The BMZ 2030 encourages partner countries to make greater efforts in good governance, respect for human rights, fight against corruption, implementation of reforms, sustainable management of natural resources, rural development, youth employment and development of private investment. On this last priority, the Head of the German Delegation encouraged Cameroon to continue to work towards improving the business climate for an enhanced development of the private sector. Minister Alamine seized the opportunity to reassert “his wish for the development of public-private partnership”, but also, cooperation between the German and Cameroonian private sectors likely to intensify and densify the synergy between the rich public development cooperation and activities of the German private entrepreneurship.

The Intergovernmental consultations, which will be pursued through technical meetings with Cameroonian and German experts will also permit that obstacles encountered in the execution of projects be identified so as to provide the most appropriate solutions. Besides, these experts will discuss on the new cooperation perspectives between Cameroon and West Germany, as a prelude to the next Intergovernmental Negotiations scheduled for the end of this year in Cameroon.