The government of Cameroon has discussed strategies to reduce the cost of telecommunications in order to render local companies more competitive. The discussions took place during the cabinet meeting for the month of April 2019 chaired by the Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute.
The meeting attending by all government ministers and officials ranking as such also examined modalities to make electricity and cooking gas more affordable. The government was agreed the reducing prices will boost growth and youth employment.
The Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Minettel Libom Li Likeng and her counter of Water and Energy, Eloundou Essomba Gaston made presentations on strategies put in place to achieve the goals set by government. Both minister presented short, medium and long term projects in place.
Minister Minettel Libom Li Likeng said government is resolved to ensure a more intense use of Information and Communication Technologies in factors of productions that will lead to a substantial increase in the gross domestic product of the nation.
She said that the goal of her Ministry is to achieve a balance between ICT penetration and the reduction in the cost of electronic communications to enhance development. “What we need is the transformation of our enterprises… we need internet for e-governance, e-education, e-health, e-commerce and so on.” Minister Minette Libom Li Likeng said.
The Minister of Water and Energy, Eloundou Essomba Gaston said energy produced by a thermal plant is very expensive and government has taken measures to develop hydroelectric power plants that will reduce cost of energy production.
Discussions also focused on the need the increased the production capacity of portable water. A regulatory framework to boost competition in the oil and gas sectors has also been envisaged.
The Prime Minister instructed the Minister of Post and Telecommunications to finalise in the short term the establishment of an economic model to determine cost of national and international electronic communication. She is also expected to elaborate a master plan for the deployment of optical fibres infrastructures.
The Head of Government also instructed the Minister of Water and Energy to initiate strategic action and projects to increase water, energy and gas supply.