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Cameroon missed asphalt road target for 2022 (official data)

Cameroon missed asphalt road target for 2022 (official data)
  • Comments   -   Tuesday, 29 November 2022 16:45

(Business in Cameroon) - Over the current year, the Cameroonian government has completed the asphalting of 395 km of new roads throughout the national territory. According to Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, this is just over 97 km short of the 492.2 km target initially set for the year.

Although no details were given as to why the target was not met, it may have been due to the ongoing Anglophone crisis, which has disrupted many works, mainly in the Northwest. Official data showed that asphalting work could not be carried out on about 44% of the region’s road network due to rising insecurity. This figure was reported by Nganou Djoumessi, the Minister of Public Works, in November last year during a presentation before the Parliament.

Another reason, a recurrent one, is the delay in the implementation of projects. The most blatant case was the construction of the eastern highway of Douala, at the entrance to the city. The financial resources (at least CFA34 billion) have already been made available since January 2022 by the successful bidder -Canadian company Magil, but work is still slow to start.

Overall, Cameroon now has a total of 9,539.5 km of asphalt roads, compared to 9,144.5 km in 2021 (7.5% of the country's overall network). This means that after 60 years after independence, Cameroon still has less than 10,000 km of paved roads. According to figures from the Ministry of Public Works, the majority (92.5% in 2021) of the country's road network (121,884.7 km in 2021) is still unpaved due to a lack of resources.

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