Cameroon’s National Development Strategy for 2020-2030 has been presented to the public. The ten year Development during an official presentation ceremony chaired by the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development in the presence of a host of Government Ministers, the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Cameroon, the diplomatic community, the private sector and the civil society yesterday at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel
The presentation also attended Government structures both administrative, public and parapublic and Technical and Financial Partners was marked by a number of presentations. After the presentation of the Strategy in two rounds by the Secretary General of the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, and the Director of the Studies and Prospection Jean Tchoffo and Nanga Ernest respectively, came the time for discussion with the participants present .
Those who took the rostrum presented their viewpoints on some technical aspects of the content of the Strategy. The first person Professor Tsafack Nanfasso in his capacity as a member of the Scientific, while said all other strategies should be adapted to the National Development Strategy, called for the implication of the University community in the implementation process.
The President of GICAM Celestine Tawamba, speaking as the voice of the private sector while expressing some regrets concerning implementation of the former strategy, called on the government to reduce public expenditure.
Professor Vivian Biwole, on her part acknowledged some assets of the Strategy notably the integration of the National Commission of the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, the diaspora and economic diplomacy and communication plan, presented some issues that she thinks needs vigilance. These include: the management of inequalities, the structural configuration to accompany the implementation of the Strategy, the absence of the human resource to man the implementation process, the follow-up and evaluation of the Strategy which she judged to be inappropriate as the ministries involved in the implementation cannot be at the same be present in the Technical Committee and the Follow-up and Evaluation Committee.
While the Minister of Finance Louis Paul speaking as the Government reassured participants of government’s commitment to do its part of the work , called on each and every actor to plays its role. He insisted issues like the context that can affect the implementation process does not depend on the government.
When its was time for speech making the Resident Coordinator of the UN Systems in Cameroon Mathias Naab while saluted government for using a participative approach towards the drawing up the Strategy reaffirmed the engagement of the donors community towards supporting implementation of the Strategy. He called for the revamping of the multi-partner platform as a forum for partnership, dialogue and coordination
The Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development while recognized and acknowledged the role of stakeholders towards the drawing the Strategy, said it was far from being perfect and such reiterated that efforts will be made to improve the Strategy. We will have 1000 occasions to sit and see how it could implemented. He went further to call on stakeholders to play their towards the implementation of the Strategy.
Build on four strategic orientations revolving on four pillar; Structural transformation of the national economy, the Development of Human capital, the promotion of employment and integration of young people into the economy and finally Governance, Decentralization and the strategic management of the State, the National Development Strategy 2020-2030 aims to carry out the structural transformation of the economy by making fundamental changes in the productive, industrial, financial, administrative , social and environmental structures in order to promote a strong economic growth, shared prosperity, endogenous and inclusive development while preserving opportunities for future generations.
It seeks to attained four main objectives; establish conditions favourable to economic growth and the accumulation of national wealth as well as ensure that the structural changes essential for industrialization of the country is obtained, improve the living conditions of the populations and their access to basic social services by ensuring a significant reduction in poverty and underemployment, strengthen adaptation and mitigation measures for the effects of climate change and environmental management to ensure sustainable and inclusive economic growth and social development and finally improve governance to strengthen the performance of public action in order to achieve development objectives.