The French Ambassador, who came to Unity Palace two days ago to accompany Jacques TOUBON, came calling again this morning to discuss development projects with the Head of State. Speaking to the press at the end of the audience that lasted over one hour, Bruno GAIN declared that he came to brief the President of the Republic on the second phase of the C2D programme.
The C2D programme is a special arrangement between the French government and its Cameroonian counterpart which is instituted in 2006 when Cameroon achieved the completion point of the HIPC initiative, by token of which Cameroon uses debt repayment funds to France for development projects in consultation with the French authorities.
The French diplomat revealed that the first phase of the programme, to the total cost of 535 million Euros was drawing to an end, and he came to brief President Paul BIYA on the contents of the second phase.
Bruno GAIN revealed that the next phase of the programme will concentrate on food security, agriculture as well as small and medium size enterprises. Cameroon and France will also seek to resolve the problem of youth unemployment by training them for jobs that will be created in the future energy and industrial projects, so that when they go underway, very little foreign workers should be required.
The French Ambassador to Cameroon also said another topic of discussion was the insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, where numerous acts of piracy have been registered of late despite the efforts being made to secure the area.