The Constitutional Council opens deliberations on pre-electoral disputes Decentralization and Resource Mobilization
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- Published on 06 September 2013
This topic was at the core of the conference that ended activities organized to celebrate the 2nd African Decentralization Day.
This conference focused on the core theme of the celebrations organized at the end of the Second Edition of the African Day of Decentralization and Local Governance in Cameroon. "Council Areas and Citizen Participation in Local Development", this was the theme, last Friday in the Conference Hall of the Yaoundé City Council that brought together around Prof. Jean Emmanuel Pondi, university dons and representatives of civil society as well as services involved in the financing of the process. In the face of an impressive turn out comprising senior officials of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD), municipal authorities, media practitioners, men, women and students, the panel conducted deliberations on the issue of resources and citizen involvement for the success of decentralization. In an environment where there is an increasing need to develop local savings and where regional and local authorities increasingly rely on external resources, one of the panellists, Suzanne Nganè, Director of Archives and Cooperation at FEICOM, noted the need to take into account the specificities of each council area.
For her part, and according to the other participants, the quest for resources and development of local savings could be done based on each council wealth. Tourism, in the case of Cameroon, is thus one of the elements that should be fostered, even though Prof. Pondi noted the little interest shown by our councils to this sector, since they seem undoubtedly to be occupied with the search for solutions. "There is no poor council area", hammered out the university don, incidentally quoting the case of Switzerland, a country that does not produce a single cocoa bean, but that manufactures the world's most expensive chocolate. Everything, as rightly underscored, depends on the way council projects are financed. Prominent among the presentations, were the issues on the status of the Senate in the decentralization process, developed by Prof. Jean Claude Tcheuwa, as well as socio cultural values and citizen commitment addressed by Mme Christine Andela, who represented the civil society. Last Friday's conference was organized by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization.
Jean Francis BELIBI