A pivotal outcome of the 2019 national dialogue has come to fruition. The State officially launched its reconstruction initiative on Monday in Yaoundé, addressing regions marred by tensions since 2016. Termed the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the North-West and South-West Regions (PPRD), this project’s inaugural phase has been made possible through substantial bank loans, notably from the Islamic Development Bank—an infusion of approximately 24 billion CFA francs, equivalent to 35 million euros. The significance of this initial disbursement is underscored by the heightened expectations surrounding it.
In his address, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute underscored the challenging living conditions faced by the population, framing the presidential plan as the tangible realization of recommendations arising from the grand national dialogue. He emphasized the imperative to restore the quality of life for those affected by years of crisis.
President Paul Biya’s reconstruction plan unfolds in three stages, with the Islamic Development Bank loan facilitating the commencement of the first phase across 47 municipalities that demand comprehensive revitalization, acknowledged Minister of Economy Alamine Ousmane Mey. “The initial phase focuses on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of basic infrastructure. It is geared towards reinstating access to education, ensuring the revival of healthcare facilities, and rebuilding critical infrastructure,” elucidated Minister Mey.
The injection of 24 billion CFA francs through this initial loan provides a crucial lifeline for authorities tasked with not only initiating the reconstruction plan but also restoring security in the affected regions. The State, estimating a total requirement of 154 billion CFA francs, has concurrently rekindled engagement with international donors.
This orchestrated effort reflects a multifaceted approach to address the complex challenges faced by the regions in question, combining financial support, infrastructural rehabilitation, and the restoration of essential services. As the nation embarks on this ambitious endeavor, the successful execution of the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development will undoubtedly hinge on sustained collaboration, strategic governance, and a commitment to fostering stability in the affected areas.