Government has signed a multibillion partnership agreement with Belgian multinational company, DEM Group for the delivery of some 662machines and vehicles to the National Civil Engineering Equipment Pool(MATGENIE). The Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumession February 1, signed on behalf of the government of Cameroon while the Chief Executive Officer of Dem Group, Mostafa Chenbout signed on behalf of his company. The contract is worth circa FCFA157.430 billion (240 million Euros)funded by a Belgian partner with a100 per cent guarantee from the Belgian government, the CEO disclosed. “We will provide MATGENIE with 662equipments during the first phase of implementation of the project, during which training centres will be created in the ten regions of Cameroon to ensure the effective use of the machines. Having great equipment is good, but it is more important to know how to use them well,” he said. The multinational company operating in Cameroon through its subsidiary DEM Cameroon will, as part of the agreement, train Cameroonians on how to use the equipment. “We are committed to transferring competence and technology. Our technicians are also going to be part of the project management unit to provide support and guarantee profitability,” Yann Le Naour, Dem Group General Manager told reporters. The equipment consist of diverse sorts of machines and vehicles re-quired for construction as well as rehabilitation of roads. The supply of equipment will be done within a period of two years but government holds the right to extend it if it deems it necessary, we learned. According to the agreement, the equipment will be divided into three sets. One set will be allocated to 28mobile intervention brigades for road maintenance in 360 local council areas, another one will be set aside for construction companies wanting to rent them, while a third lot will be kept in MATGENIE for use on contracts. It should be noted that MATGENIE has exclusive rights to construction of projects of the Ministry of Public Works following an agreement signed between the two entities in 2018.“Four training centres and ten service points will be created in all ten regions

The 2016-2017 King Baudouin African Development Prize was awarded on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at the Belgian Royal Palace, Place du Palais, in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Matilde. There were three beneficiaries, namely, Barefootlaw of Uganda; Farmerline of Ghana; and Kytabu of kenya. The prize, worth a

The 2016 Libramont Fair that took place from the 22nd to the 25th of July 22 at the Fairground, in Belgium was held under the me “ Agriculture - a matter of life.” One of his vocations is to validate human beings and ideas that contribute to the development of agriculture.

To achieve its objective to highlight innovation, this year two innovations centres occupied the stage. Beyond the agricultural produce, emphasis was laid on mechanization (the Mecanic Show - a selection of 19 materials, with the theme "back to basics" with a focus on optimization.

Meanwhile, the roundtables attracted the attention of participants from all business areas. Among the presenters authorities of the Belgian government in collaboration with the European Union and other international organizations; experts in the various areas of specialties such as environment, transport, trade, economy, and rurality discussed four major topics within the grand theme "Stop gaspi" (Stop wastage).

It is estimated that in the world up to a billion suffer from hunger, while 1.3 billion tons per year is wasted, while a third of world production is discarded.

The Libramont agricultural, forestry and agri-food Fair is the largest annual European exhibition outdoors. It annually hosts nearly 200 000 visitors, 1500 exhibitors and brands on a site of 300,000 m².

Once more, Cameroon was specially honored during the annual feast of Pigeon Racers, Riddersclub that took place on Sunday, the 28th of February 2016 at Harelbeke, Belgium. During the ceremony, . A check worth 1.500 Euros (approximately One million CFA) was given by the Founder of the Asoociation and his wife, Nicole and Lionel Debusschere, for the benefit of 

We celebrate the remarkable progress that has been made against malaria under the MDGs and honor the great champion we have had in Princess Astrid as Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership over the past eight years” says the RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo Traoré on Monday 14 December 2015 at Chateau de Val Duchesse, in Brussels, Belgium. For 8 years Princess Astrid has been a Special Representative for the RBM Partnership.

“Your unwavering commitment has helped save more than 6 million lives and achieve the malaria-related Millennium Development Goal. I applaud your remarkable compassion, resolute action and tireless activism. I am inspired by your personal commitment to humanity,“ says the United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, whose special message was video cast during the occasion.

According to Dr. Traoré, who was accompanied by  Ms. Barbara Pesce-Monteiro Princess’ Astrid’s “support has allowed us to unlock new innovations and increase access to life-saving services in communities around the world. Statistics she quoted indicate that global malaria mortality has decreased by 60% since 2000. For example, an 80% reduction in malaria-related deaths was recorded in the Americas between 2000 and 2013.  

During her tenure as Special Representative, Princess Astrid engaged in worldwide travel wherein she met national personalities, medical staff as well as recovering victims especially in villages at home, hospitals or schools.  

Like many other countries in Africa, Cameroon, a Central African nation, malaria is a public health concern. Though malaria makes up to 48% of admissions into hospitals, according to studies, only 50% of children under 5 years old benefit from free treatment in health facilities due to obstacles including distance, shortage of health staff and poverty.   

The RBM Partnership was launched in 1998 by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank, in an effort to provide a coordinated global response to the disease. The Partnership brings together more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

 

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