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China Grants 54 Billion FCFA for Cameroon’s New National Assembly Building

After fire ripped Cameroon’s parliamentary building on November 16, 2017 the administration of president Paul Biya has sealed a deal for the construction of a new edifice to house members of the country’s lower house of assembly.

The governments of China and Cameroon signed the final agreement that will enable Beijing kick start work on the construction of a new National Assembly building in Yaounde estimated to cost not less than 54.5 billion FCFA.

The two governments appended signatures to the document in Yaounde last Thursday, April 18, in the conference room of the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development.

The Cameroon government was represented at the signing ceremony by a delegation of Ministers and top public officials, led by Minister Alamine Ousman Mey; while the Chinese delegation was led by Wang Dong, Charge D’Affair at the Chinese Embassy in Yaounde.

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Speaking, the Chinese diplomat said the signing marks the execution phase of a project which the Beijing government promised to offer as a gift to Cameroon when President Biya paid an official visit to China in 2018.

He went on to outline the specificities of the expected edifice. In this regard Diplomat Wang announced that it will be a multi-storey building with many offices, covering a surface area of some 37,500 metres square; with a hemi circle and auxiliary installations that will cost the Beijing government not less than 640,000,000 yuans.

“When completed, the building will provide modern and functional offices to Cameroon’s National Assembly Members; it is going to be a modern monument that will stand as a symbol of the fruitful, friendly relations and partnership that exist between China and Cameroon,” Diplomat Wang stated.

Assuring Cameroon that China will continue to stand by it and contribute as much as it could to foster economic and trade exchanges between the two peoples, Wang Dong took out time to enumerate some of the projects executed/financed by China.

Among them; the Yaounde Conference Centre, the Yaounde Multipurpose sports complex, the Reference Hospitals, the Yabassi agric professional school, the centre for applied agricultural technology among others. “They all constitute a substantial contribution by China to the economic and all round development of Cameroon…the new impetus is to implement the eight-point agenda that was agreed upon during the Beijing summit, of China-Africa cooperation, which aims at accompanying Cameroon and the rest of Africa in their economic and social development drive,” he said as the two parties put pen on paper.

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