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Applause for the milestones of ECA-Cameroon relations during the tenure of Antonio Pedro as head of the Central Africa office

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Applause for the milestones of ECA-Cameroon relations during the tenure of Antonio Pedro as head of the Central Africa office

We will never forget the key role you played in the overhaul of our Industrial Development Master Plan (IDP), in the return of UNIDO to Cameroon

ADDIS-ABABA, Ethiopia, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / –

The government of Cameroon expressed its gratitude to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) for its considerable support to the processes of structural transformation and economic diversification of the country over the past five years, thanks to the coordination of the Director out of the ECA Office for Central Africa. – Antoni Pedro, under the leadership of the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA – Vera Songwe.

Several members of the Government paid tribute to Mr. Pedro recently appointed to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA in charge of program support. Among them: Prime Minister – Joseph Dion Ngute, Minister of Economy, Planning and Territorial Development – Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Industry – Gabriel Dodo Ndoke, Minister of Commerce – Luc Magloire Atangana Mballa, Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Economy and Handicrafts – Achille Bassilikin III, Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth – Felix Mbayu, and Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development – Nana Aboubakar Djalloh.

Mr. Pedro has already taken up his new post at ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa.

During the farewell meetings with government officials, Mr. Pedro received praise for the strategic policy advisory services and technical support that the ECA Office for Central Africa, located in the capital of China. Cameroon – Yaoundé, has given the country, since her arrival as head of the office in August 2016, reinforced by the vision of Executive Secretary Vera Songwe, who has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to lead the Commission for a year later. In her reforms, the Executive Secretary called on each sub-regional office to become a center of excellence in an area critical to the development priorities of the respective sub-region. In Central Africa, the choice was simple: economic diversification, cemented by the adoption in September 2017 of the Douala Consensus on economic diversification through industrialization driven by resources and trade!

The main achievements of ECA-Cameroon cooperation over the past five years include: promoting the discourse and practice of economic diversification through the Douala Consensus; lead the formulation of the AfCFTA strategy for Cameroon and identify the Kribi-Douala-Edea Growth Triangle (KED) as a launching pad for the operationalization of the country’s industrial development master plan (PDI).

“We will never forget the key role you played in the overhaul of our industrial development master plan (PDI), in the return of UNIDO to Cameroon and in the design of our next special economic zone for the timber sector. in our forest-rich eastern region, “Minister of Industry Gabriel Dodo Ndoke told Pedro.

Minister Dodo Ndoke asked the outgoing director to continue maintaining ties with Cameroon and to serve as the country’s ambassador by mobilizing political advice and technical support to the country, while he was at ECA headquarters.

Over the past five years, ECA has also worked with Cameroon to lay the groundwork for the emergence of a productive pharmaceutical industry in the country; recalibrate the country’s digital economy strategies and train senior officials to align national development plans with Agendas 2030 and 2063.

Through its Yaoundé office, during the same period, ECA also provided an analysis on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on Central Africa (including Cameroon) and the remedial measures to be taken in view. avoid a double threat to the health and economic sectors, as well as an analysis on better road safety measures as factors for undisturbed economic growth.

The Commission also supported designated institutions in developing an integrated approach to climate, land, water and energy strategies and the National Climate Change Observatory (NOCC) in promoting resilience to climate change.

ECA also helped the Cameroonian authorities to integrate accountability measures into development planning and provided training to planners in the country on how to cope with the huge urban sprawl caused by around 70% of the population concentrated in the urban areas. cities across the country by 2050.

“I am very touched by the appreciation that the Government of Cameroon has expressed regarding the collaboration with ECA under the leadership of our Executive Secretary, whose credo has been and remains – IDEAS FOR A PROSPEROUS AFRICA, with many these ideas having shaped the country’s trajectory on important issues such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, the digital economy and job-creating growth based on economic diversification, ”said Mr. Pedro before his departure for Addis Ababa.

“It has been a very rewarding five years thanks to the much-needed support from a hard-working group of staff from the ECA office for Central Africa, to whom I am very grateful.”

“I also take this opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude both to the Government and the Cameroonian people, to the Governments and peoples of all our Central African Member States, to the leadership of the CEMAC and ECCAS commissions and the COPIL. , to the United Nations family in the sub-region, and to all our development partners, including the private sector.

The newly appointed Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of program support at ECA said he would continue to follow the important work being done by ECA in Central Africa in general and Cameroon in particular – which he sees as the whirlwind. economic progress. diversification in Central Africa.

Meanwhile, the staff of the ECA Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa collectively and individually expressed their gratitude to Mr. Pedro for his leadership.

Current manager – Jean Luc Mastaki – “Mr. Pedro’s contributions to the work of the ECA and to the development of Africa are the mark of exceptional technical and managerial capacities.

“What good ideas! what great initiatives! What momentum for the mobilization of strategic partnerships! What an energy! what inspiration! ECA is lucky and should seize the opportunity to benefit from your leadership at the level of Deputy Executive Secretary ”, concluded Mr. Mastaki.

“You have greatly inspired us to make the ECA Office for Central Africa a center of excellence on economic diversification,” said Adama Coulibaly – who heads the Office’s sub-regional initiatives section.

“We will continue the good work to meet the challenges of the future with all the learning and tools that we have drawn from your leadership,” added Mr. Coulibaly.

Some of the most important projects on Cameroon recently initiated by Mr. Pedro to be operationalized by the Office in the immediate future include funding brokering from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) for the establishment of a special economic zone on the timber value chain, and training of Cameroon’s national planners on the appropriation and use of ECA’s geographic information system (GIS), a tool for spatial planning and investment decision-making .

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