Cameroon says progress made in decentralization reforms but key issues remain


Cameroon has made significant progress in implementing decentralization reforms adopted by parliament last year but some important issues still need to be addressed, a government official said on Thursday.

Georges Elanga Obam, Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance said despite challenges, the government was resolute to implement the reforms effectively.

“Now, 10 of the regional executives have already adopted their budget… The question of human resources is also well addressed. The text concerning the local public service will soon be published,” Obam told reporters in the capital, Yaounde at the close of the National Decentralization Board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute.

“We can say that the process is well monitored and things are quite good,” Obam added.

Cameroon’s decentralization reforms seek to grant greater power to local councils and regions while bringing significant changes to the administration of the Anglophone minority regions of Northwest and Southwest that have been facing separatist violence since 2017. Enditem

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