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Stakeholders Salute CAMTEL’s Strides In Promoting Decentralisation Through Digital Sector

by Atlantic Chronicles

Officials at CAMTEL Decentralisation Day in a family photo

By Andrew Nsoseka

Cameroon Telecommunications, CAMTEL, has been hailed for its strides and efforts put in place, to contribute to Cameroon’s drive to foster Decentralisation through the digital sector which it leads.

Cameroon’s telecommunications giant received praise at the end of the CAMTEL

Decentralisation Day, which is usually a one-day forum held in Yaoundé to discuss the contributions of digital technology in fostering local development in Cameroon.

This year’s event, held on December 5, 2023, was themed “Digital Development: Vector for the Acceleration of the Local Development Process in Cameroon”.

During the event, experts and participants discussed the challenges and approaches to digital development as well as the challenges of digital development within local and regional authorities.

While appreciating the discussions at the end of CAMTEL Decentralisation Day, CAMTEL’s General Manager, Judith Yah Sunday epse Achidi told them that the proceedings at the forum gave CAMTEL a clearer picture of the decentralisation process in Cameroon and the related challenges in terms of digital development. She furthered that it also served as an avenue for CAMTEL “to highlight the contribution of digital technology to the promotion of local development and to understand the progress made by Local and Regional Authorities (RLAs) in developing the digital economy and e-governance, as well as the constraints related thereto”. She appreciated the discussions held by the various experts and participants.

The GM furthered that “the rise of digital technology and the promotion of local development in Cameroon as envisaged in the National Development Strategy 2020-2030 (SND30) will be achieved with the contribution of the various actors that we are. In this regard, CAMTEL intends to play its part better than ever before. The multiple achievements in terms of development of telecommunications infrastructure and provision of diversified electronic communications services constitute important foundations on which the contribution of the incumbent telecommunications operator in Cameroon intends to build”.

The CAMTEL Decentralisation Day falls in line with activities to mark the Company’s 25th anniversary under the distinguished patronage of the Head of State, His Excellency President Paul Biya. It follows discussions held last month on the Contributions of the incumbent telecommunications to the National Development Strategy (SND30).

In an optimistic tone while closing the day’s proceedings, CAMTEL’s GM said she is deeply convinced, given the dynamics observed on this year’s CAMTEL Decentralisation Day, “that, by joining our respective forces, we will be able to rise to the challenges related to digital and local development in our country”.

On his part, Mintya Rene Daniel, a Decentralisation expert and Director of Training at NASLA said in order to meet up with the required human resources to boost digitisation and development CAMTEL can collaborate with institutions like NASLA to establish structures and necessary resources needed to fully back the decentralisation process in the country.

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