Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

28 April 2008

Central African Republic: Cement - Bangui Negotiates Supply

"The President of the Central African Republic, General François Bozize instructed Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera to send me to negotiate with the Cameroonian authorities solutions to the acute shortage in the supply of cement that has hit our country".

The special envoy of the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Aurélien-Simplice Zingas, the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in charge of the One Stop Shop, told journalists after handing Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera's sealed message to his Cameroonian counterpart, Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni.

The Central African Republic special envoy further disclosed after Friday, 25 April 2008 audience at the Star Building that, " 75 percent of the cement used in the Central African Republic comes from the lone cement manufacturing company in Cameroon, CIMENCAM". According to Mr Zingas, "cement produced by CIMENCAM is product of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and it is important that all the CEMAC-member countries benefit from it".

In response to the request of the Central African Republic government, Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni assured the delegation that Cameroonian authorities would look into the problem. He said during their discussions, Cameroon's Prime Minister explained to the Central African Republic delegation that the country was also hit by cement shortage and explained government efforts to boost its production and supply.

The negotiations for the supply of cement came to strengthen the permanent dialogue and excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, especially within the framework of the Cameroon-Central African Republic Commission. "Proof is that Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni has sent me to assure the Central African government of Cameroon's readiness to support the planned inclusive political dialogue in our country", Aurélien-Simplice Zingas said.

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