CAMEROON FREES CENTRAL AFRICAN REBEL CHIEF IN EXCHANGE FOR HOSTAGES

BRAZZAVILLE, Nov. 30 — Cameroon has freed a rebel leader from Central African Republic after a group of 26 hostages including a priest were released by his faction, Congo Republic’s president and a rebel spokesman said on Friday. The Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) had seized 15 Cameroonian and 10 Central African hostages in western Central African Republic over the past few months. They abducted Polish Catholic priest Mateusz Dziedzic on Oct. 12 as part of the kidnapping strategy, which aimed to use the captives as bargaining…

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CAMEROONIAN ARMY LIBERATES 16 HOSTAGES FROM CAR REBELS

YAOUNDE (Cameroon), Nov 28 — A special operation by the Cameroonian army late Wednesday rescued 15 Cameroonians and a Polish priest who had been abducted by an armed group from neighbouring Central African Republic, said a communiqué issued Thursday by the secretary general of the Cameroonian presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh. The Cameroonian hostages were kidnapped on Sept 20 and Oct 24 in the West of the country while the Polish priest, Mateusz Dziedzic, was abducted on October 12. After their rescue, they were all taken to Yaounde General Hospital for…

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National Assembly – Alternate MPs to Create Project Support Fund

They intend to pool resources together in order to carry out projects in their constituencies. While substantive Members of Parliament, MPs, are often in the limelight because of their official functions, alternate MPs, with whom they were elected at the same time, tend to be relegated to the background because of their relative inactivity. However, the situation might soon change as some five alternate MPs from the Centre Region have come up with the idea of creating a cooperative or Support Fund of Alternate Members of Parliament. Announcing the idea…

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Priority Investment – 25 SW Councils Update Methodology

SGs and council development agents drilled on software for participatory development. Within the framework of activities of the National Community-driven Development Programme (PNDP) to train council officials to consolidate and update data contained in the Communal Development Plans (CDPs), Secretary Generals and Council Development Agents met in Limbe to be updated on the use of applicable software for participatory development dubbed “PRO ADP.” Opening the workshop, the First Assistant Senior Divisional Officer for Fako Lokombe Nafongo Vincent hailed the PNDP for accompanying councils in the planning, programming and budgeting of…

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NW Enterprises Learn Upgrading Process

They have been encouraged in Bamenda to belong to economic modernisation programme. Failure to upgrade prepares enterprises to fail or quit the market place. That was the take home message after a sensitisation campaign for North West enterprises to join the crusade to upgrade and belong to the nation’s economic modernisation programme. In effect the Enterprises Upgrading Office, (BMN) spent November 24 and 25, 2014 in Bamenda stressing the need for enterprises to submit to the exercise which ensures growth, boosts investment, stabilizes and encourages job creation, reduces the impact…

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Extractive, Agro-Industries – Journalists Learn Norms

It is the focus of a three-day workshop by WWF that opened in Douala on November 26. Cameroon is endowed with rich natural resources and at the same time faced with developmental challenges to become an emerging country by 2035. In order to realise vision 2035, the government is relying most on the extractive and agro-industries. The discovery of Cameroon’s new found wealth like the Mbalam Iron Ore Project, the Nkamouna Cobalt and Manganese Project as well as the attribution of land to foreign investors for the development of agro-industrial…

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