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Beijing hits back after Trudeau vows to stand up to China – Journal du Cameroun

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Beijing on Thursday accused Ottawa of worsening bilateral relations after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to stand up to China amid deepening diplomatic and trade disputes.

The two countries have been locked in a feud since last December, when Canada detained top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and — in apparent retaliation — China detained two Canadian nationals over espionage-linked accusations.

On Wednesday, Trudeau pushed back against Beijing in a speech that promised to “always defend Canadians and Canadian interests” and to not “back down”.

“At present, China-Canadian relations are facing serious difficulties,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

“The responsibility lies entirely on the Canadian side,” he told reporters at a press briefing in Beijing.

“We urge the Canadian side to reflect on its mistakes,” Geng said, adding that Canada should “immediately” release Meng.

He also called on Canada to refrain from making “irresponsible remarks” about Hong Kong, which has been plunged into weeks of unrest by pro-democracy demonstrations.

Beijing had warned Canada on Sunday to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs after Ottawa and the European Union issued a joint statement in support of protestors’ “fundamental right of assembly”.

Canadians are one of the largest expatriate groups in Hong Kong, numbering 300,000, according to Canadian government figures.

Relations between Canada and China tumbled over the arrest of Meng on a US extradition request related to alleged Iran sanctions.

Since then, China has arrested Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, while blocking billions of dollars in Canadian agricultural shipments.

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Hamdok, UN economist turned Sudanese premier – Journal du Cameroun

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Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, is a seasoned economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy.

Hamdok built a career in international continental and international organisations, most recently as deputy executive secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

He was welcomed off the plane Wednesday by two civilian members of the new Sovereign Council that was sworn in hours earlier and will oversee his government’s work.

The joint civilian-military council replaced the transitional military council that took charge in April when Islamist general Omar al-Bashir was forced from power by relentless street protests.

The Sudanese people’s main expectation of Hamdok will be tangible solutions to the dire economic crisis Bashir’s rule and the last few months of political turmoil have caused.

“With the right vision, with the right policies, we will be able to address this economic crisis,” he told reporters after taking the oath on Wednesday.

He vowed to devise an urgent recovery programme addressing the shortages of basic commodities that have plagued Sudan and its 40 million inhabitants recently.

The protests that eventually ended Bashir’s 30-year rule were ignited in December last year by the tripling of bread prices.

– Good governance –

In the longer term, Hamdok emphasised the need to improve productivity and rebuild a banking sector he said had all but collapsed.

His credentials as an economist seem solid, as was abundantly documented in the official biography distributed to media during his oath-taking ceremony.

The text stressed Hamdok is “highly credible among African finance and development institutions, the International Monetary Fund and the Paris Club” of creditor countries.

Hamdok worked for the African Development and Trade Bank and is credited with shaping some of the policies that spurred Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth under the late prime minister Meles Zenawi.

Greeted as the saviour of Sudan’s economy, the greying, moustachioed technocrat was all smiles when he took questions from journalists on his first day on the job.

While he was outside Sudan and not directly involved in the protest movement that terminated Bashir’s rule, Hamdok’s appointment appeared to be well received by the population.

“He has the skills we need the most at the moment,” said Sumaila Ibrahim, a 21-year-old student at Khartoum University.

Hamdok is also an alumnus, having completed a degree in agricultural economics in the capital before moving to Manchester in the United Kingdom for his masters.

Besides his credentials as an economist, Hamdok has carved an image as a champion of transparency and good governance in the course of his rich career in African organisations.

– ‘Grave concerns’ –

He sat on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was founded by the eponymous Sudanese-British billionaire to promote good governance and leadership in Africa.

Last year he turned down an offer by Bashir to become finance minister as part of a government reshuffle.

As the head of Sudan’s future government, which according to a roadmap laid out by protest leaders and generals is to be formed by August 28, Hamdok is not only in charge of the economy however.

He will need to draw on his experience in his various African peace-building initiatives to bring an end to deadly conflicts in Sudan’s regions of Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile.

This is where the co-existence between generals who all rose to their positions in Bashir’s wings and the civilians in the transition’s new institutions could be most tested.

Hamdok was born in 1958 in the state of South Kordofan, which found itself on Sudan’s southern border when South Sudan became independent in 2011, after decades of war with the north.

His own native village is now in a war zone and Hamdok will be keen to push for a resolution of Sudan’s civil conflicts, but he has his work cut out reconciling the military with the rebels.

US Congressman Jim McGovern, a keen observer of Sudanese affairs and vocal critic of Bashir’s Islamist regime, highlighted that pitfall in a statement on Wednesday.

“I look forward with hope to a transitional period that places the rights and aspirations of the Sudanese people front and centre,” the Democrat said.

“I have grave concerns, however, about whether military and political officials associated with the former regime will prove trustworthy partners given their history of violence, repression, corruption and bad faith,” he warned.

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Damascus to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib – Journal du Cameroun

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Damascus said Thursday it is opening a corridor for civilians to leave the rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April, state media said.

The announcement came a day after government forces captured the key Idlib province town of Khan Sheikhun from jihadists and allied rebels.

Damascus has opened such corridors out of other rebel bastions in the past as a prelude to retaking them either by force or through negotiated surrenders.

The Idlib region, which sits on the Turkish border, is now the last major stronghold of opposition to the Russia-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Wednesday’s advance saw government forces cutting of a pocket of territory stretching from the south of Idlib province into neighbouring Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.

“The Syrian government announces the opening of a humanitarian corridor in Souran in the northern countryside of Hama province,” state news agency SANA quoted a foreign ministry source as saying Thursday.

The corridor will be used to evacuate “civilians who want to leave areas controlled by terrorists in northern Hama and the southern countryside of Idlib.

The Idlib region has been ruled since January by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which is led by jihadists from Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

The government refers to all rebel groups in Idlib as “terrorists”.

The region of some three million people was supposed to be protected by a proposed buffer zone agreed by Moscow and rebel backer Ankara last September.

But the jihadists of HTS failed to pull back from the zone as agreed and in April government and Russian forces resumed intense bombardment of the region.

Around 890 civilians have been killed, according to the Britain-based Observatory.

More than 400,000 more have led their homes, the United Nations says.

The entry of government forces into Khan Sheikhun raises the stakes between Damascus and Ankara, which has troops deployed in the nearby town of Morek, that is now cut off.

The war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people since it started with the brutal suppression of anti-government protests in 2011.

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Macron expected to rebuff Johnson during Brexit talks in Paris – Journal du Cameroun

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Paris on Thursday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron who is expected to rebuff his last-ditch efforts to renegotiate the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Macron, who has said previously he is happy to be the “bad guy” on Brexit, roundly rejected Johnson’s calls to scrap a key plank of a deal negotiated between the EU and former British premier Theresa May.

“Renegotiation on the terms currently proposed by the British is not an option that exists, and that has always been made clear by (EU) President Tusk,” Macron told reporters on Wednesday evening.

At stake is the so-called “backstop”, an arrangement guaranteeing that border checks will not return between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland which is part of Britain.

Johnson considers the backstop to be “anti-democratic” and an affront to British sovereignty because it will require London to keep its regulations aligned with the EU during a transition exit period.

The EU argues this is necessary to avoid the re-emergence of border checkpoints which could lead to a return of fighting on the divided island where anti-British violence has claimed thousands of lives.

– Glimmer of hope? –

The Paris visit is the second leg of Johnson’s first foreign trip since he became prime minister a month ago.

On Wednesday, he told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin that the backstop has “grave defects for a sovereign, democratic country like the UK” and insisted the provision “has to go”.

Merkel appeared to offer a glimmer of hope by saying Britain should try to find a breakthrough to the issue over the next month.

In the search for a solution, “we have said we would probably find it in the next two years, but maybe we can do it in the next 30 days, why not? Then we are one step further in the right direction,” she said.

Johnson told Merkel he welcomed the “very blistering timetable of 30 days,” adding that “I’m more than happy with that”.

The remarks fit a pattern in which Merkel has often been more conciliatory in public about Brexit than Macron, whose abrasive remarks have sometimes caused anger in London.

“There is not the width of cigarette paper between Paris and Berlin on these issues,” a Macron aide said on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

Macron risked further irritating Johnson, whom he described in 2017 as having “no strategic vision”, with a series of bruising remarks during his lengthy press conference on Wednesday evening.

He said the 2016 Brexit referendum had posed a question to the British people about EU membership “perhaps in a simplistic fashion” and without telling voters how the withdrawal would be achieved.

“Many lied about how it would be done,” he added in another attack on Brexit campaigners, of which Johnson was the most high profile.

– Blame game –

Johnson, who has deployed his French language skills to charm diplomats in Paris before, has staked his leadership on withdrawing Britain from the EU by the current deadline of October 31 — “do or die”.

His tough stance is seen by the French as making a “no deal” Brexit the most likely scenario and Paris has briefed journalists that it would be prepared to see Britain crash out of the EU rather than yield to Johnson’s demands.

Some analysts see a risk of relations between Macron and Johnson becoming stormy in public, which could lead to a blame game about a “no deal” Brexit that is expected to wreak major economic damage on Britain and the EU.

Johnson reportedly once called the French “turds” over their stance on Brexit during his time as foreign secretary — remarks he later said he could not recall.

But Macron pre-empted any attempt to deflect blame onto the European side.

“It will be the responsibility of the British government, always, because firstly it was the British people that decided Brexit, and the British government has the possibility up to the last second to revoke Article 50,” he said.

Article 50 is the legal mechanism used by EU members states to withdraw from the bloc which was triggered by Britain in March 2017.

At the weekend, Macron, Merkel and Johnson will meet US President Donald Trump, a vocal supporter of both Brexit and Johnson, and the leaders of Canada, Italy and Japan at a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz.

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Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, is a seasoned economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy.

Hamdok built a career in international continental and international organisations, most recently as deputy executive secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

He was welcomed off the plane Wednesday by two civilian members of the new Sovereign Council that was sworn in hours earlier and will oversee his government’s work.

The joint civilian-military council replaced the transitional military council that took charge in April when Islamist general Omar al-Bashir was forced from power by relentless street protests.

The Sudanese people’s main expectation of Hamdok will be tangible solutions to the dire economic crisis Bashir’s rule and the last few months of political turmoil have caused.

“With the right vision, with the right policies, we will be able to address this economic crisis,” he told reporters after taking the oath on Wednesday.

He vowed to devise an urgent recovery programme addressing the shortages of basic commodities that have plagued Sudan and its 40 million inhabitants recently.

The protests that eventually ended Bashir’s 30-year rule were ignited in December last year by the tripling of bread prices.

– Good governance –

In the longer term, Hamdok emphasised the need to improve productivity and rebuild a banking sector he said had all but collapsed.

His credentials as an economist seem solid, as was abundantly documented in the official biography distributed to media during his oath-taking ceremony.

The text stressed Hamdok is “highly credible among African finance and development institutions, the International Monetary Fund and the Paris Club” of creditor countries.

Hamdok worked for the African Development and Trade Bank and is credited with shaping some of the policies that spurred Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth under the late prime minister Meles Zenawi.

Greeted as the saviour of Sudan’s economy, the greying, moustachioed technocrat was all smiles when he took questions from journalists on his first day on the job.

While he was outside Sudan and not directly involved in the protest movement that terminated Bashir’s rule, Hamdok’s appointment appeared to be well received by the population.

“He has the skills we need the most at the moment,” said Sumaila Ibrahim, a 21-year-old student at Khartoum University.

Hamdok is also an alumnus, having completed a degree in agricultural economics in the capital before moving to Manchester in the United Kingdom for his masters.

Besides his credentials as an economist, Hamdok has carved an image as a champion of transparency and good governance in the course of his rich career in African organisations.

– ‘Grave concerns’ –

He sat on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was founded by the eponymous Sudanese-British billionaire to promote good governance and leadership in Africa.

Last year he turned down an offer by Bashir to become finance minister as part of a government reshuffle.

As the head of Sudan’s future government, which according to a roadmap laid out by protest leaders and generals is to be formed by August 28, Hamdok is not only in charge of the economy however.

He will need to draw on his experience in his various African peace-building initiatives to bring an end to deadly conflicts in Sudan’s regions of Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile.

This is where the co-existence between generals who all rose to their positions in Bashir’s wings and the civilians in the transition’s new institutions could be most tested.

Hamdok was born in 1958 in the state of South Kordofan, which found itself on Sudan’s southern border when South Sudan became independent in 2011, after decades of war with the north.

His own native village is now in a war zone and Hamdok will be keen to push for a resolution of Sudan’s civil conflicts, but he has his work cut out reconciling the military with the rebels.

US Congressman Jim McGovern, a keen observer of Sudanese affairs and vocal critic of Bashir’s Islamist regime, highlighted that pitfall in a statement on Wednesday.

“I look forward with hope to a transitional period that places the rights and aspirations of the Sudanese people front and centre,” the Democrat said.

“I have grave concerns, however, about whether military and political officials associated with the former regime will prove trustworthy partners given their history of violence, repression, corruption and bad faith,” he warned.

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Cameroon: Catholic Church – Focolare Movement Is 50 in Lebialem!

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The Bishop of Mamfe, His Lordship Andrew Nkea, chaired a remembrance event in Yaounde on October 15, 2016.

The Italian missionary body, the Focolare Movement, founded by late Chiara Lubich, on September 13, 1966, set up Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom College, Fontem, in Lebialem Division of the South West Region. Christians and indigenes of the division gathered in the Saint Joseph Anglophone Parish, Mvog-Ada, Yaounde, on October 15, 2016, to celebrate 50 years of dividends of the Focolare Movement in Bangwaland.

Dubbed the Lebialem Unity Conference, on the theme, “Changing lives, building futures,” the event was attended by the Bishop of Mamfe, His Lordship Andrew Fuanya Nkea, who hails from Lebialem. It was also an occasion for Lebialem indigenes in Yaounde to commit to strengthen bonds of unity and love amongst themselves as taught by Focolarinis. “In 50 years, the movement has reduced infant mortality in Lebialem from about 90 per cent to almost zero. Other dividends include roads, closer healthcare follow-up, the advent of Christianity and education,” said Bishop Nkea. He added that though some divisions still existed amongst the people, the search for common good was beginning to overcome personal interest.

John Fongang, Chairman of the Anniversary Organising Committee, said he expected to see Lebialem people become more united and God-fearing, and the land more developed and prosperous. “Without the Focolare Movement, we would not have had any secondary school in Fontem in 1966. They also founded the Mary Hope of Africa General Hospital, Fontem. We look forward to create the Chiara Lubich International Foundation to rally support for continuing and expanding Chiara Lubich’s work in health, education, vocational training and infrastructure development in Lebialem Division,” Fongang said.

Fon Fossungu Nguarong Nicasius, President of the Lebialem Fons’ Conference, said all village development committees have committed to support the work of Chiara Lubich. “I expect Lebialem people to stand by their word so that future generations benefit more from her legacy,” he noted.

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Minister vows to protect Nigerians abroad, attract investment – Journal du Cameroun

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Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffery Onyeama has said that he will focus on security of Nigerians abroad and work to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).Onyeama said in Abuja on Wednesday after he assumed office, following his reappointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs that his focus would be in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda, which is aimed at making the Nigerian economy to be reckoned with at the ECOWAS, African Union, and global level.

Onyeama said that in implementing foreign policies, the ministry would be more aggressive and robust in engaging countries to ensure that the human rights and security of Nigerians anywhere in the world were respected.

He said that to that effect, a call number would be made available to Nigerians living abroad to enable them to call and ask for assistance wherever they were.

Speaking on the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, Onyeama said that both countries would work on growing a special relationship between them at the presidential level.

He explained that in the framework, the issue of the security of Nigerians in South Africa would be addressed at the highest level.

Onyeama said that there was also a trust deficit between Nigerians living in South Africa and the South African Police.

He said that it was important to get both parties to work together toward addressing the issue.

”Essentially, the priorities of Mr. President is what we have to focus on and build from which are security, anti-corruption and the economy

“We have just signed to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) and this can be a game changer for the continent and with 200 million people, we really would define the success of the AFCTA.

”So, we are going to have to cooperate and coordinate with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to ensure that we get maximum benefits from African integration,” he said.

He said that another important area of Buhari’s priority would be repatriation of looted funds across the world, engaging with countries to get all the stolen funds returned to us.

“And at the multilateral level, at the UN level, we are going to be President of the UN General Assembly for one year, starting from September.

“We have to leverage on that position to secure as much benefit at the global level for Nigeria,” Onyeama said.

Onyeama called for the support of members of staff of the ministry so that they could all work together to achieve the visions of President Buhari for a greater Nigeria.

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Nigeria to pump $2bn into electricity market to boost power supply – Journal du Cameroun

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that the Federal Government has approved about $2 billion for the electricity market to boost power supply.Mr. Edmund Ejie, the Market Operator of TCN said on Wednesday in Abuja, at the 3rd quarter participants and stakeholders Interactive forum for 2019.

The forum has as its theme: “Rules Compliance for Nigerian Electricity Market (NEM) Development and Sustainability”.

Ejie said the intervention by the Federal Government was at a very advanced level, adding that it had already been signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the intervention is for the payment of the shortfall in electricity invoices for the entire market.

“The whopping sum of money has never been injected into the power sector before but even when it is privatised, the government is spending more telling you that the privatisation is given a red flag.

“The fund will be ready for disbursement any moment from now,” he said.

He explained that the intervention is not restricted to a single chain in the market, as it is holistic.

Mr. Usman Mohammed, the Managing Director of TCN, said that one of the factors that would make the Nigerian Electricity Market participants to thrive was by complying with rules, codes and orders.

Usman said that there was the need for the operators to be proactive in recognising that regulatory and standard compliance were the key to market development.

“The theme of the event reflects the growing recognition, concern and importance of regulatory compliance and ruling documents implementation.

“Today’s interactive forum is part of the Market Operator effort to support you and improve the market performance,” he said.

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Nigerian governors endorse proposed Agro-processing zones – Journal du Cameroun

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said that the establishment of Special Agro-processing Zones (SAPZs) has the potential of attracting between one to four billion dollars investments into the country.The Chairman of the forum and Governor of the Ekiti, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the forum’s 4th meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

Fayemi explained that all states were potential beneficiaries of the SAPZs

initiative, which will bring together the farming and the processing community.

He disclosed that he was at the meeting and engagement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and potential investors on the initiative.

“The Forum was briefed by its Deputy Chairman, Aminu Tabuwal of Sokoto state on the meeting between the Forum and the AfDB, the officials came in the company of existing and potential Chinese investors in Nigeria.

“The meeting was part of a series of high-level engagements driven by the AfDB to promote the establishment of SAPZs in Nigeria.

“This SAPZs, which will bring together the farming and the processing community have the potential of attracting about $1 billion from the AfDB and up to $4 billion with the entry of private sector investors,” he said.

Fayemi said that the governors already agreed with the AfDB that a tasks desk for the initiative would be at NGF Secretariat to coordinate the interests expressed from various states.

On the issue of health, he said that members of the forum resolved to continue to support the actualization of universal health coverage in Nigeria.

This, according to him, followed update from the NGF Secretariat on Basic Health Care Fund (BHCF), State Health Insurance Agency and the fact that Nigeria had been polio-free for three years and on the verge of being certified polio free.

“The Governors expressed willingness to prioritize routine immunization coverage in the States which will ensure that Nigeria is declared polio free and ensure sustainability moving forward,” he said.

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Mexico arrests six police over 2015 Michoacan massacre – Journal du Cameroun

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Mexican authorities Wednesday arrested six federal police officers over their alleged involvement in a 2015 massacre in which 16 people were killed in the western state of Michoacan.

“The six people were arrested with full respect for their human rights, without violence or the involvement of third parties, to be made available to the judge who requested them,” the attorney general said in a statement.

The officers were arrested inside federal police facilities.

On January 6, 2015, at least 16 people were killed and several others wounded when federal police allegedly shot at members and supporters of civilian self-defense militias who were demonstrating at the city hall in Apatzingan, Michoacan.

At the time, the government of then-president Enrique Pena Nieto said the members of the self-defense groups had died in the crossfire.

However, a journalistic investigation revealed that the federal police had killed unarmed protesters in cold blood.

Michoacan is a flash-point in the violent organized-crime wars that have swept Mexico in recent years, leading to the rise of self-defense groups six years ago and the deployment of soldiers to the state in 2014.

On August 8 this year, 19 bodies were found in a turf war between drug gangs in the city of Uruapan in Michoacan.

The government first deployed the army to fight criminal gangs at the end of 2006 — a strategy that critics say has only led to an escalation in the grisly violence.

Since then more than 250,000 murders have been recorded, according to official figures, although it is not detailed how many are linked to the fight against crime.

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Cameroon: Douala Vocational Training Centre – Fruit of New Vision Technical Education

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The Centre solves the equation of training and employment as it trains youth ready for employment or to create jobs.

The Douala Advanced Vocational Training Centre known in French as the ‘Centre de Formation Professionelle d’Excellence’ is one of the pilot vocational training centres alongside that of Limbe and Samgmelima within government’s new vision of the professional training system in Cameroon.

Built with technical assistance from Korea, the centre offers training in the industrial, tertiary and services sectors. In the industrial sector, the centre offers training in electrical engineering, industrial electrotechnic, mechanics, beauty, wood work, fashion design, welding and boilmaking, plumbing and pipping, automotive, industrial maintenance, computer and network maintenance as well as electrical habilitation.

As concerns the tertiary sector, the centre offers training in office automation, multimedia, infographics -serigraphy, accounting, tax system, marketing, DAO, CAO-PAO. Concerning services, the centre offers initial and continuous training as a support centre for business consulting and a research centre.

The centre also offers refresher courses for the certification of workers requalification and reconversion as well as VAE- empowerment. Admissions to the centre situated in Bassa-Douala is open to holders of a First School Leaving Certificate, or CAP or students of form four in technical education or form 5 in general education. The cost of training a student ranges from FCFA 450,00 to 500,000.

The centre is built on 27,000m2 piece of land and comprises nine buildings for theoretical classes and nine well equipped workshops for practical lessons. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang on December 16, 2016. It is worthy to mention that the government is envisaging constructing similar centres in all the ten regional headquarters of Cameroon.

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Cameroon: Kribi Port Management – National Enterprises Seek Active Participation

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Prime Minister Chief Joseph Dion Ngute on August 20, 2019 received a delegation of Cameroonian enterprises grouped under the “Kribi Port Multiple Operators”.

Cameroonian enterprises operating in the Kribi Seaport Port want concessions to be given them so that they actively take part in the management of the port. Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute on August 20, 2019 afternoon had discussions with a delegation of representatives of Cameroonian enterprises grouped under the banner of “Kribi Port Multiple Operators” (KPMO).

Talking to the press after the discussions, the delegation leader, Manimben Gabriel said enterprises are involved in the indirect management of the multipurpose terminal of the port. They presented some problems to the Prime Minister as to the future of the enterprises in the port considering that a provisional adjudicator is in place and they are not concerned. He said the Prime Minister understood their complaints and said all will be done to valorise national competences in the management of the country’s seaports.

The Administrator of KPMO, Divine Pungong corroborated the delegation leader by saying that they used the discussions with the Head of Government to do a succinct analysis of their activities at the Kribi Ports Multipurpose Terminal and kept the Prime Minister abreast of their projections and methodology for this year. KPMO delegation members also thanked the Prime Minister for the continuous government support and confidence bestowed on it as a national company to handle and manage the port in Kribi. Stating the capabilities of KPMO, Mr Pungong said, “We manage more than 70 per cent of the non-containerised cargo in Douala Seaport and we are proving it in Kribi that we have the necessary probity, the competence and the general know-how to handle any ports operation. We are urging the Prime Minister to have confidence in local logistics companies because the port is a national asset and we can do it,” he concluded.

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Press agog with Buhari’s proposed visit to South Africa, inauguration of ministers – Journal du Cameroun

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The proposed visit to South Africa by President Muhammadu Buhari and the inauguration
of 43 ministers are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Thursday.ThisDay reported that President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a state visit to South

Africa as part of efforts to put an end to incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living

in South Africa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this on Wednesday in

Abuja during a media interaction shortly after the inauguration of ministers.

The newspaper also reported the inauguration of the 43-member cabinet by President

Buhari and allocation of portfolios to the ministers.

The Nation also said the ministers on Wednesday made promises of better times ahead. From

communications to health, information and culture, finance, justice and others, the ministers

requested for cooperation from the officials and staff of the ministries to achieve the Next

Level agenda.

It said also that the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has reserved judgment to a

date to be communicated to the parties. The Presiding Justice of the court, Justice

Mohammed Garba stated on Wednesday while adjourning proceedings after parties

adopted their final written addresses and made their final submissions.

The Daily Trust reported that the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano has threatened

to relocate to Abuja if any of its members face the slightest security threat in the state.

The Presiding judge, Justice Halima S. Muhammad, said this while condemning a cyber

attack meted on one of the witnesses who testified before the tribunal for the Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the case.

The Punch quoted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Committee, Adams

Oshiomhole, that the party had become wiser from court’s judgements which disqualified

its candidates in the past.

Oshiomhole spoke during the inauguration of the Governorship Screening Committees for

the APC aspirants for the August 29 Kogi and Bayelsa state primaries.

The Sun reported that the Adamawa State Police Command has debunked the reports that

13 members of the vigilance operatives and another 20 of its members have been injured

while fighting crimes within two months.

The Guardian said President Buhari has reappointed Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu as

Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity). He also re-appointed

Mr. Laolu Akande as Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Vice President.

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Cameroon: Separatists Attack Over Leader’s Life Sentence

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Cameroon’s Anglophone separatists have attacked towns and villages in protest after a military tribunal gave their leader and 9 supporters life sentences. Cameroon’s military says at least two people were killed in Bamenda and six wounded in a shoot-out with separatists.

Food seller Donatus Ngwa, 24, fled fighting Wednesday in the northwestern English-speaking town of Bamenda to French-speaking Mbouda.

He says separatist fighters started chasing people off Bamenda’s streets on Tuesday night. Wednesday, they were shooting indiscriminately in the air, Ngwa says, assaulting those who disobeyed them and ordering everyone to leave the streets.

Nearly 100 Cameroonians have fled to Mbouda since Tuesday, when a Yaounde military tribunal found separatist leader Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine supporters guilty of secession, terrorism and hostility against Cameroon. All 10 were given lifetime prison sentences and ordered to pay a fine of $50 million.

Rights groups and other critics condemned the court’s ruling, saying it would impede efforts to end the conflict, which has left 2,000 people dead in the past three years.

Activist Edward Nfor says the sentences risk inflaming further violence.

“I would not be surprised if the violence this time will be very disastrous and might stretch a little bit further into the other parts of the country,” he said. “Let the head of state do something about this. The time is now to think on another strategy to calm down tensions.”

Separatists on social media ordered everyone in Cameroon’s English-speaking western regions to stay at home as a sign of protest over the sentences. They also vowed to step up their fight to make Cameroon’s English-speaking regions independent of the French majority.

The governor of the English-speaking northwest region, Deben Tchoffo, called on the population to be calm and work with the military.

“They can be assured of the availability of the administrative authorities and the security services to help them,” he said. “I am asking the population of the northwest region to remobilize themselves to shun out of the region those who are terrorizing the population, threatening them.”

Violence erupted in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions in 2016, when teachers and lawyers protested alleged discrimination at the hands of the French-speaking majority.

The government responded with a crackdown that sparked an armed movement for an independent, English-speaking state.

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Ahmadou Sardaouna becomes Société immobilière du Cameroun’s MD – CameroonOnline.org

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Business in Cameroon | On August 20, 2019, Ahmadou Sardaouna was appointed as the managing director of Société immobilière du Cameroun (SIC), a real estate company in Cameroon. The civil engineer who graduated from the National School of Public Works in Yaounde replaces Gabriel Bengono who has been leading the company since 2012.

Before his appointment, Ahmadou Sardaouna, who holds a Doctorate in project management from Atlantic International University in Honolulu, USA, was the general secretary of Cameroon’s ministry of housing and urban development.

During SIC administrative board’s meeting of August 20, 2019, Célestine Ketcha Courtes, minister of housing and urban development, was also chosen as the president of the company’s administrative board.

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Cameroon: International Humanitarian Day – ICRC Counts Achievements

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Some of them were presented to the press on Monday in Douala.

Celebrated every 19 August, World Humanitarian Day is directed towards honouring humanitarian efforts worldwide and propagating the idea of supporting people in crisis. Against this backdrop, some journalists in Douala have been briefed on the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC. During the meeting officials explained that they were out to care for those suffering as a result of conflict. As a result of the ongoing crisis in the North West and South West regions, ICRC has established its offices in Buea and Bamenda. According to the communication officer for Cameroon, Merilyne Nchare Ojong, they have staff on the ground evaluating the humanitarian situation. She said they want to get firsthand information so as to know how to target their activities. So far, she went on, ICRC has offered foodstuff worth millions of FCFA to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mutengene and Ekona in the South West Region. She said they have also trained journalists in both regions on how to report on the humanitarian situation of the crisis. She alsodisclosed that they have visited detainees in Buea and Bamenda toensure that they are not being molested. For Alex Lock Mbah, staff of the communication unit of ICRC, they have also launched a programme to reinstate detainees in the society. He said ex detainees are often being stigmatised consequently, the programme will go a long way to ensure that the population accept ex detainees as normal human beings. To him the detainees will get reinstated with their families and the world at large with no problems. He also added that, they have also assisted families to find lost members who went missing while escaping from violence.

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Cameroon: Pedagogic Trade Fair Underway

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The forum for exchanges among all the actors of education will run from August 18 to 25.

The group of teachers for reflection on pedagogy and didactics, GERPED is currently organizing a trade fair on pedagogy at the Parc des princes in Douala. The trade fair which will run up to august 25, serves as a forum for exchanges among actors of the education sector so as to take schools nearer to the population and make it more efficient. Presiding over the opening ceremony on Monday august 18 at the Parc des Princes in Douala, the divisional delegate for secondary education called on teachers to continue upgrading their knowledge so as to be able to meet up with the challenges of pedagogy within the context of new information technologies. The view was corroborated by the patroness of the event, Dr Evelyne Mpoudi Ngolle who called on the teachers to adopt a competence approach towards the professionalization of education. Other orators during the event included the director of the Douala linguistic centre, Nama Helen Boken who said their mission was to promote bilingualism in Cameroon and offered a 50 per cent discount for teachers who want to learn English in any of their centres. According to the president of the organsing committee, Djigue Pierre Sonore, the event will comprise exhibitions on stands by schools and university institutions with guardian counselors to orientate students on study opportunities, sale of didactic material to enable parents prepare for school resumption, conferences which will are open to the public, exchanges amongst teachers and other actors of education, theatre performances. There will also be gastronomy and artistic performances. Over 10.000 visitors are expected at the trade fair which aims to bring together legal training structures, orientate students on carrier choices, exchanges among teachers to facilitate the integration new recruits, prepare school resumption and inculcate in students a spirit of creativity, innovation and upgrade their knowhow among other things.

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Cameroon: Kribi Port Management – National Enterprises Seek Active Participation

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Prime Minister Chief Joseph Dion Ngute on August 20, 2019 received a delegation of Cameroonian enterprises grouped under the “Kribi Port Multiple Operators”.

Cameroonian enterprises operating in the Kribi Seaport Port want concessions to be given them so that they actively take part in the management of the port. Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute on August 20, 2019 afternoon had discussions with a delegation of representatives of Cameroonian enterprises grouped under the banner of “Kribi Port Multiple Operators” (KPMO). Talking to the press after the discussions, the delegation leader, Manimben Gabriel said enterprises are involved in the indirect management of the multipurpose terminal of the port. They presented some problems to the Prime Minister as to the future of the enterprises in the port considering that a provisional adjudicator is in place and they are not concerned. He said the Prime Minister understood their complaints and said all will be done to valorise national competences in the management of the country’s seaports. The Administrator of KPMO, Divine Pungong corroborated the delegation leader by saying that they used the discussions with the Head of Government to do a succinct analysis of their activities at the Kribi Ports Multipurpose Terminal and kept the Prime Minister abreast of their projections and methodology for this year. KPMO delegation members also thanked the Prime Minister for the continuous government support and confidence bestowed on it as a national company to handle and manage the port in Kribi. Stating the capabilities of KPMO, Mr Pungong said, “We manage more than 70 per cent of the non-containerised cargo in Douala Seaport and we are proving it in Kribi that we have the necessary probity, the competence and the general know-how to handle any ports operation. We are urging the Prime Minister to have confidence in local logistics companies because the port is a national asset and we can do it,” he concluded.

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Cameroon: Back-to-School – Senator Nkeze Emilia Donates to IDPs

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The Vice President of the Senate made donations of books and other didactic materials to internally displaced students Ngie and Oshie in Yaounde.

In her efforts to bridging the literacy gap in the two English-speaking regions of the country in the wake of the social-political, the Vice President of the Senate, Senator Nkeze Emilia of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) party has donated school materials to some internally displaced students of the North West Region in Yaounde. She handed the materials to parents and students of Ngie and Oshie, Momo Divison of the North West Region during the Ngie general meeting in Yaounde. The Senator of the Momo Constituency handed the gifts in two separate occasions, starting with the Ngie population and concluding with the people of Oshie at the Oshie Cultural Centre located in the Mendong neighbourhood. Handing over the items comprising books, pens, pencils, rulers, school bags, raincoats and maths set, the Senate Vice President stated that her goal is eradicating illiteracy among all without discrimination and living closely with internally displaced persons. “Listen, I was once like you, but see what schooling has turned me into. My plan is fighting illiteracy without discrimination. While the privileged children have the right to school during crisis situations, those of the poor should equally have, especially with my support. I stand to bridge the gap for these groups of persons,” she stated. Senator Nkeze Emilia said she is not at ease when pupils and students of her subdivision in particular and her region in general stay at home while others are embarking on their educational careers. “What future and legacy do we want to secure for our children,” she wondered, adding that schooling helps students gain knowledge on management and administration for the growth of the community and nation. In her opinion, leaders are best educated in the classrooms with education being the bedrock of general reasoning. As the people’s representative, Senator Emilia listened to the plights of the population and exchanged community development ideas with them as she preached the gospel of schooling.

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Cameroon: Public Finance Management – Managers Schooled On New Dispositions

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The executives of public corporations and establishments are expected to align with existing legal frameworks in order to increase performance.

Executives of public corporations and establishments across the country are being schooled on ways to implement certain dispositions of Law No. 2017/010 as well as Law No. 2017/011. Both laws dwell on the general status of public corporations and establishments and their text of application was signed on June 19, 2019, by President Paul Biya. Opening the two day workshop in Yaounde, Tuesday August 20, 2019, the Minister Delegate in the Ministry of Finance, Yaouba Abdoulaye, called on the managers to take the exercise seriously. He said transparency and good governance in the management of public finances should be given the pride of place, all in the quest for better performance. Minister Yaouba recalled that the Head of State attaches a lot of importance to this as he has recurrently called for top management to make public enterprises more vibrant. The workshop has as specific objectives to detail the various aspects of the legal texts and to proceed with the classification of different public corporations and establishments into their various categories as spelt out in the presidential decree of June 19, 2019. A senior official of the Ministry of Finance, Menguele Judith Clairence, said the familiarisation exercise falls within the plan of action of the Ministry of Finance for 2019. “With the signing of the recent decree by the Head of State, it is for us to put in place an ideal setting which favours the putting in place of these reforms in public corporations and enterprises,” she noted. The Deputy Director General of the Autonomous Sinking Fund (CAA), Kendem John Forghab told reporters that they are out to explain to managers how they can go about implementing the texts. “Many people have been having different understanding of the law and it was necessary to explain to stakeholders the importance of the law, and also to clear the air. It is a reminder to respect legal frameworks,” he underscored. The finance official equally noted that they want to accelerate the dematerialisation of securities in the country. “The law on dematerialization was signed in 2014 and all public establishments were given up to May 2018 to regularize. For one reason or the other, most of the establishments did not meet up,” Kendem noted. He said the workshop will help the executives to carry on the dematerialization process before the new deadline.

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Japan’s Hirohito ‘prevented from voicing remorse over war’ – Journal du Cameroun

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Japan’s wartime emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse shortly after World War II but the prime minister at the time stopped him, local media reported Tuesday, citing newly disclosed documents.

The 18 notebooks, written by Michiji Tajima, a top official at the Imperial Household Agency, featured dialogue between him and Hirohito between 1949 and 1953.

According to the documents, the emperor said in 1952: “No matter what, I really think I need to include the word remorse” in his planned speech to mark Japan’s regaining of its independence later that year.

The emperor was also cited as saying: “For myself, I do feel great remorse. I really want to add the phrase — reflection on the past and self-discipline for the future — even if the words can be changed.”

But then prime minister Shigeru Yoshida opposed the emperor’s plan to publicly express regret and remorse, telling Tajima: “There is a danger that people will say he was responsible for starting the war.”

The phrases of regret and remorse were eventually deleted from the speech delivered by Hirohito to celebrate the 1951 San Francisco peace treaty.

Hirohito, who died in 1989, is the grandfather of Emperor Naruhito, 59, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in May from his father Akihito, the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in more than two centuries.

Emperor Hirohito was once worshipped as a living demigod and served as Japan’s commander-in-chief during its march across Asia in the 1930s and 1940s.

Hirohito’s speech to surrender in the war was broadcast on radio on August 15, 1945, days after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hirohito’s responsibility for the conduct of the war remains a point of debate with some scholars, particularly American, who argue the emperor was not a puppet of the military but an active commander who escaped justice with US connivance.

The question of “remorse” over the war remains sensitive in Japan even to this day.

Last Thursday, Naruhito spoke of his “deep remorse” over the country’s wartime past, in his first speech to mark the end of World War II since his enthronement.

His comments were being monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito.

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