PM Instructs Measures For SONATREL To Be Operational

Below is the press release from the cabinet meeting of May 2018 ¨Prime Minister, Head of Government Philemon Yang chaired at the Star Building.

“The Prime Minister, Head of Government, His Excellency Philemon Yang, this Thursday 31 May 2018 as from 9:00 a.m., chaired an important Cabinet Meeting at the main building of the prime Minister’s Office.
Besides his close aides, the Meeting was attended by the Vice-Prime Minister, Ministers of State, Ministers, Ministers-Delegate and Secretaries of State.
Two items featured on the agenda, namely: 

1. Statement by the Minister of Energy and Water Resources on implementing reforms in the water and electricity sector: stakes and prospects;
2. Report by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development on progress of the urban sanitation programmes. 

Following the introductory statement of the Head of Government, the Minister of Energy and Water Resources first gave a situational analysis and the progress made in the water and electricity sector before dwelling on the ongoing reforms.

With regard to water, he revealed that Government, in keeping with the instructions of the Head of State, undertook a major structural reform which was translated by the effective taking over by Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (CAMWATER), of the activities hitherto carried out by the “La Camerounaise Des Eaux” (CDE), under the leasing contract on the management of the public utility in charge of producing and distributing potable water in urban and semi-urban areas. 

In rural areas, the main achievements of this reform was the deployment of staff with know-how in potable water and sanitation to several Councils, as well as the transfer of resources for the construction of boreholes and potable water supply systems to municipalities, in compliance with the on-going decentralisation process.

Eventually, there will be an increase in potable water supply and the implementation of a maintenance strategy for hydraulic structures. In this light, public authorities have launched several projects to deal with the current deficit.

Such is as the case with, among others, (i) the project to supply potable water in and around Yaounde, which will increase water production to 300 000 m3 per day; (ii) the project to construct 11 boreholes in Douala by which an additional 30 000 m3 will be pumped into the distribution network; (iii) the project to supply the towns of Bertoua, Ngaoundere and Edea. 

As for the Electricity sub-sector, the Minister underscored that the reform initiated at the start of the 1990s resulted in an opening for competition in electricity energy production, import and export activities, the establishment of a regulatory organ for the sector and the Rural Electrification Agency, as well as the setting up in 2006 of the Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), whose mission is to manage and operate hydroelectricity. 

Reforms in this sector continued thanks to Law No. 2011/022 of 24 December 2011 to regulate the electricity sector, with one of the innovations being the establishment of the national electricity transmission company (SONATREL), charged with improving the capacity, efficiency and stability of the national electricity public transmission network.

A number of activities geared towards making this company fully operational have been carried out, notably; the signing of two concession agreements on the management of the transmission network between the State and SONATREL.

Furthermore, feasibility studies have been launched with a view to realising investments on the electricity transmission network. As for prospects, the Minister announced that in 2019, the Energy Production, Transmission and Distribution  Master Plan will be finalised and ongoing reforms will continue with the aim to develop a veritable electricity market.

Taking the floor to address the second item on the agenda, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development gave the progress report of urban...



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