#WEWANTCHANGE: Five issues, five voices

IPI launches campaign highlighting challenges to press freedom worldwide VIENNA, Oct 30, 2014 – Criminal defamation laws, the imprisonment of journalists, violent attacks on journalists, endemic impunity for such crimes and a spate of emerging restrictions on digital journalism are the five greatest challenges to press freedom around the world, the International Press Institute (IPI) […]

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HEINEKEN majority owned subsidiaries Nigerian Breweries plc and Consolidated Breweries plc issue notice of Extraordinary General Meeting regarding Scheme of Merger

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Knowledgebylanes) — Heineken N.V.’s (EURONEXT: HEIA; OTCQX: HEINY) (‘HEINEKEN’) majority owned Nigerian subsidiaries Consolidated Breweries plc and Nigerian Breweries plc have today sent notices of Extraordinary General Meetings to be held on 4 December 2014 (the “EGM”) to their shareholders. At the EGM’s shareholders will vote on the […]

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CEMAC Growth Rate Revised At 5.7 Percent

The BEAC’s Monetary Policy Committee met in Yaounde on Tuesday to evaluate performance. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) says the economies of the sub region could grow by 5.7 per cent in 2014, down from the initially projected 6.1 per cent. Meeting in Yaounde yesterday October 28, 2014 during the fourth quarter session of the committee, members said looking at the macro-economic situation across the globe which is not at its best, there was need to revise that of the CEMAC sub region.…

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Journalists Are Not Informants [press release]

Two Cameroonian journalists face military court charges of failure to report a destabilization plot. Journalists Felix Cyriaque Ebole Bola of the daily Mutations and Rodrigue Tongue of Le Messager, were charged following a 28 October military court hearing in Yaoundeacute with “non-denunciation” of facts potentially endangering state security. Baba Wameacute, a former journalist and professor was accused of the same charges. “This charge prompts great concern for freedom of information in Cameroon,” said Cleacutea Kahn-Sriber, head of the Africa desk of Reporters Without Borders. “Journalists should not become assets for…

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Public Contracts – SMEs Train On Procedures

Insufficient funds, production tools and qualified workforce continually plague the sector. Management staff of small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, will round off training on public contract procedures and how to obtain a contract this Thursday. Participants are from the 100 enterprises of the Sub-contracting and Partnership Exchange of Cameroon (SPX-CMR) working in the sector of construction. The objective is to enhance mastery of the composition of documents for contract award and to enhance their competitiveness in the public contract landscape, among others. The seminar, which started October 28 and ends…

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New Vietnam Ambassador At Minrex

Vu The Hiep presented the aance copies of his Letters of Credence yesterday October 28. The visit of the new Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Cameroon, His Excellency Vu The Hiep, yesterday October 28, 2014, to the Ministry of External Relations, was twofold. The first was to present the aance copies of the Letters of Credence accrediting him. The second was to evaluate cooperation ties between the two countries. The Minister of External Relations, Prof. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, received his august guest for over an hour, during…

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Heavy Duty Vehicles – Training Problems Persist

Not even a driving school in Douala exclusively trains truck drivers. One will not wonder why truck accidents have become common and often grievous in cities of Douala and Yaounde. The lack of specialised training in most driving schools is a pointer to this fact. Accidents at the Ndokotti junction in the economic capital and Biyem-Assi in the nation’s capital – still sending waves of uncertainty in the minds of many city dwellers, was a brought of untold damages to human lives and properties. Francois Ngah Messobo, National President of…

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Territorial Administration Staff Drilled On Defence of State Interest

A two-day workshop that started October 28 in Yaounde ends today. While presenting a defence submission in court on behalf of the State, representative of the administration often showcase lapses and differences which at times cause the State to lose certain law suits. The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD) wants authorities to henceforth tackle legal proceedings in an identical manner by following a particular procedure when presenting a defence submission in court or when giving legal aice to any situation at stake. This is one of the reasons…

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Graduates Await Certificates

Most universities are yet to respect the ministerial instruction to issue diplomas instantly. The issue of the instant delivery of diplomas to graduates in the higher education sector has been a quagmire in the lives of millions of Cameroonians who for over two decades have been grappling with testimonials which often meet rejection or doubt in employment or academic circles, both at home and abroad. With so many opportunities squandered and so many dreams unfulfilled, the issue of lack of diplomas has, to an embarrassing extent, thrown discredit to the…

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MINPMEESA Eases Business Registration Procedures

A recent 100-day drive curtailed the collection of illegal levies by 80 per cent. The Ministry of Small and Medium-size Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicraft, MINPMEESA, is not relenting in its efforts to make things easy for intending investors in the country. After noticing that middlemen and some corrupt staff were charging members of the public more in their business registration transactions, the ministry, with the backing of the National Anti-corruption Commission, CONAC, on April 30, 2014, launched a 100-day campaign to drastically curtail the malpractices. The result was an…

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Tunisians Vote Lawmakers

Yesterday’s parliamentary election came ahead of presidential elections on November 23, 2014. The Independent High Authority for Elections, the elections governing institution in Tunisia will proclaim the October 26, 2014 parliamentary election results by Thursday this week as it has three days from the polling day to proclaim results. Tunisians both at home and abroad yesterday voted in the 219 members of the country’s Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP), the new parliament. The 219 Members of Parliament will replace the old parliament, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA),…

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MbalamNabeba Iron Ore Project – More Time to Source for Financing

A Sundance report says government has given it up to June 30, 2015 to comply. According to Sundance Resources Limited, an Australian firm whose subsidiary, Cam Iron, is bracing up to mine iron ore in Mbalam, East Region of Cameroon, government has given it additional time to source for financing to take the hope-raising project off the ground. Going by the 2014 activity report published by Sundance, “The government of Cameroon has extended the date to complete the conditions precedent to the Mbalam Convention to at least 30 June 2015.…

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School Receive Gifts Worth FCFA 1.5 Million

They will help meet studies and sanitation requirements of the nearly 1000 pupils. “I am overwhelmed and honoured with the voluntary gesture. Before now, our Information and Communication Technology classes were theoretical. We hope to begin effective practical ICT lessons with the gifts and this is what our pupils ought to know in this digital age, otherwise they would be illiterate in the standards of this present-day technological aancement.” This was the view of Mbebi Martial, Director of the Government Primary School New-Bell Aviation Ngangue Saturday, October 25, in New-Bell…

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More Time to Source for Financing of MbalamNabeba Iron Ore Project

According to Sundance Resources Limited, an Australian firm whose subsidiary, Cam Iron, is bracing up to mine iron ore in Mbalam, East Region of Cameroon, government has given it additional time to source for financing to take the hope-raising project off the ground. Going by the 2014 activity report published by Sundance, “The government of Cameroon has extended the date to complete the conditions precedent to the Mbalam Convention to at least 30 June 2015. Failure to achieve the conditions precedent prior to that date will, if no further extension…

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Cameroon Cup – Quarter Final Draws Out

It comprises fratricidal battles, David and goliath confrontations and clashes of equals. The draws for the quarter finals of the 2014 edition of the football cup of Cameroon were conducted on Friday October 24 at the seat of the Cameroon football federation with the following fixtures recorded. In Yaounde there will be a fratricidal war between little known Ouragan and Canon all of Yaounde. Ouragan is the surprise guest at this stage of the competition coming from the Centre Regional league while Canon is waning in the championship where they…

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Cameroon Fa Cup Quarter Finalists Known

This was at the end of the return leg 8th final matches on Tuesday. The quarter finalists of the 2014 edition of the football cup of Cameroon are now known after the return leg 8th final matches that took place on Tuesday October 22. The major surprise came from a Regional League Two side, Ouragan of Yaounde, who turned the tables overcoming a two-goal deficit in the away leg to butt out the reigning League Two champion, Dragon of Yaounde. After bowing 0-2 to Dragon in the away leg, Ouragan…

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Hissein Habré Trial – AU to Convince Chadian Government

Chadian authorities have refused to transfer the co-accused people to the Extraordinary African Chamber. The African Union (AU) has promised to convince the Chadian government to cooperate with the Extraordinary African Chamber (EAC) by transferring the two co-accused people, Saleh Younous and Mahamat Djibrine, in the ongoing case against the former President of Chad, Hissein Habreacute, the Chamber reportedly said. A communiqueacute posted on the website of the Extraordinary African Chamber website disclosed that on October 14, the Chadian authorities rejected a request for an EAC rogatory commission to go…

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Cameroon Invited to Rabat Entrepreneurship Conference

The Moroccan Ambassador, His Excellency Lahcen Saile, was at MINREX on Thursday. As part of preparations for the holding next month in Rabat, Morocco, of an international conference on entrepreneurship, the kingdom’s Ambassador to Cameroon, His Excellency Lahcen Saile, was yesterday, October 23, 2014, at the Ministry of External Relations in Yaounde. He held discussions with the Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with the Islamic World, Adoum Gargoum. It was gathered that the Minister of External Relations, Prof. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo and his counterpart of the Economy, Planning and…

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Poverty Rate Drops to 39.9 Percent

The 4th national household survey was officially launched in Douala October 23. Improving the living conditions of the public, boosting growth and employment unavoidably depend on good statistical information. Aware of this fact, government through the National Institute of Statistics has begun a national household survey. For three months the survey team will visit 13 000 homes in all ten regions across the country. The main objective of the 4th edition is to produce indicators on the living conditions of the population, in order to help in the reduction of…

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Disaster Management – Relentless Government Efforts Pay Off

Assisted by partners, government has been up to the task to ensure that victims receive prompt assistance. Cameroon has in recent years been hit by a string of natural disasters, especially flooding in the Far North and North Regions. Creation Of Management Committee Not oblivious to the situation, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, MINATD, Reneacute Emmanuel Sadi, upon the instructions of President Paul Biya, on September 13, 2014, created the Coordination and Follow-up Committee on Managing Relief Assistance and Assisting Flood Victims. Assistance Of Partners Not left in…

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CRTV Antenna Collapse – Deceased Technicians Buried

The Littoral administration handed over the corpse to their families Friday, October 24, 2014. The mortal remains of the four victims of the collapsed Crtv pylon antenna at Logbessou, Douala, were buried on Saturday, October 25, after an official corpse removal at the Mortuary of the Douala Military Hospital in Bonanjo presided over by the Governor of the Littoral Region, Joseph Beti Assomo. The corpses were buried in their respective villages. Ndjooh Franccedilois (58) who was technical director for the private maintenance enterprise, Cartel, was buried at Ndonga, Massock Patrice…

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Government Launches 2014 Telefood Fundraising

Agric Minister said in Ayos Wednesday that the target is to harvest over FCFA 200 million to enhance agricultural production. The government of Cameroon has launched activities leading up to raising funds on December 11, 2014 within the Telefood programme to finance agricultural development projects in the country. Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Essimi Menye, accompanied by other cabinet Ministers and development partners, gave the kicker in Ayos, Nyong and Mfoumou Division of the Centre Region on Wednesday October 22. This was part of commemorative activities to mark the 34th…

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Three Journalists Held in Several Defamation Cases [press release]

Reporters Without Borders condemns the muzzling of the press in Cameroon, where three journalists are currently held on defamation charges, and calls on the government to decriminalize media offences. The latest to be detained is Guy Nsigueacute, a sports reporter for the Mboafootball.com website and Radio Sport Info, who was arrested on 21 October by men from the defence ministry, which is also the headquarters of Cameroon’s Gendarmerie. Zacharie Ndiomo, the editor of the bimonthly Le Zeacutenith, who has been held since 13 October, was transferred on 21 October to…

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MINSEP-FEICOM Sign Sports Infrastructure Deal

It spells out the modalities for the promotion of sports through financing of sports equipment and projects. The Ministry of Sports and Physical education has signed an accord with the Mutual Council Support fund, FEICOM, geared towards promoting the practice of sport and physical activities through the financing of sports projects and acquisition of sports equipment. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Minister Adoum Garoua said the programme for the development of sports infrastructure has to be accelerated given that Cameroon will host the Africa Cup of Nations in the feminine…

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