By Amos Fofung
The French government has donated some 16 billion Central African Francs to boost vocational training in Cameroon. The sum will be injected into Cameroon’s Minister of Employment and Vocational Training to support the country’s efforts and move towards professionalizing education.
Cameroons minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Issa Tchiroma Bakari, announced last week that the French government is providing Cameroon with16 billion CFA francs to fund the construction of two vocational schools in Edéa and another in Douala.
The donation is granted under the Debt Reduction and Development Contracts, signed with France, which Cameroon benefits from when she reached the completion point of a Heavily Indebted Poor Country, HIPC Initiative in 2006.
According to Minister Tchiroma, the soon to be built centers will train young Cameroonians in areas related to industrial maintenance, transport, and logistics, pastry, agro-industry and butchery among others.
France, we should note, is not just Cameroons former colonial master but has for decades being a veritable partner with its investments and projects littered all over the Central African Country. Cameroon and France have a long-standing Bilateral relationship which dates to colonial times.