Central African Sub Region:
Gov’t, Partners Launch Project To Improve Border Security, Good Governance
Cameroon and other member states of the Central African Economic Community, ECCAS, have in partnership with the European Union, EU, launched a project to ensure the security of frontiers, promote good governance and accelerate the demarcation and delimitation of borders.
A ceremony to officially launch the 36 months program took place Wednesday November 18 in Yaounde. It was chaired by Cameroon’s Territorial Administration Minister, Paul Atanga Nji.
The project is principally designed to define, mark and manage borders issues among in ECCAS members. It also seeks to elaborate and encourage trans-border cooperation and regional development across the sub region.
Experts say, the project has been designed in line with the ECCAS Peace and Security Strategy, which places particular emphasis on borders in its ‘Peace and Security Roadmap’.
Launching the project, Territorial Administration Minister, Paul Atanga Nji, highlighted that: “It is aware of this reality that the Cameroonian Government under the high impulse of His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic and Head of State has made border management a major focus of its policy. Indeed, for years, Cameroon and neighboring countries have established bilateral cooperation on demarcation and cross-border security.”
Minister Paul Atanga Nji emphasised that “in this context, the establishment of the Support Project for the Frontiers Program of ECCAS, whose activities we are launching today in Cameroon, presents itself as a great opportunity to be seized by our countries to complete the work of stabilizing our
borders and development of our border areas”.
The MINAT Boss assured of the commitment of all member states towards the effective realisation of the project: “This is the place for me to express the wish that the Governments of the four countries neighboring Cameroon concerned by this pilot phase, are supporting us in this momentum to give the necessary impetus to the administrations of each of the aforementioned states, so that this project can be carried out in a concerted and smooth manner. So does our credibility with our technical and financial partners, even with the international community, “Atanga Nji declared
However, the project, it was revealed at the launch, is an integral part of the European Union’s ECCAS Reform and Institutional Capacity Building Programme, PARCIC.
The project shall run from 2020 to 2022. Partners have coughed out €10 Million to finance the ambitious project.
Experts hinted that, upon completion, the project shall shape knowledge management on border governance through the publication of manuals on conflict management in border areas, border demarcation and the establishment of mixed border commissions.
Trainings on cross-border cooperation and creating awareness to over 100000 persons is also prime.
The joint programme is sponsored by the German Cooperation, European Union, GiZ, African Union and ECCAS. The launching ceremony was attended by Minister Le Jeune Mbella Mbella of External Relations and a college of diplomats.