Algeria To Open Trading Post In Douala

 

According to the Algerian Ambassador to Cameroon, Merzak Bedjaoui, an Algerian-Cameroonian trade office will be opened in Douala to strengthen the economic cooperation between the two countries.

The details of the establishment of the trade office, the diplomat explained, will be fine-tuned during the Cameroonian- Algerian Economic Partnership Forum, which will be organised in Douala. In prelude to the event, 12 Cameroonian economic operators will take part in the 5th edition of the Algeria Export Fair, from May 27 to 30, 2016.

The US to Lift Decades Old Ban and Arm Vietnam

 

The announcement to lift the decade’s long ban on sales of weapons to Vietnam was made by President Barack in a question and answer session with the president of Vietnam after the first ever meeting between the two heads of state after the Vietnam War.

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By ending the ban, the U.S. has signaled its desire to leave behind decades of tense post-war relations with Vietnam and start a new phase of closer economic and military ties. The recent Obama-US move is a facet of the pivot to Asia that is central to the Obama’s foreign policy Obama in Vietnam

The move by President Obama is interpreted by experts to mean, the U.S. showing the region and particularly China, that it is committed to maintaining international rules in Asia and to backing up smaller countries in area where tensions have been rising as an increasingly assertive Beijing tries to establish maritime claims in the South China Sea.

In response to whether the move was to counter China’s move, Obama in said “The decision to lift the ban was not based on China or any other considerations, it was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving towards normalization with Vietnam.”

According to Obama U.S. cooperation with Vietnam is aimed at improving their maritime security posture “for a whole host of reasons,” including strong defense ties. He added that the decision to lift the ban was more reflective of the changing nature of the relationship with Vietnam.

580 Cartons Of Cigarettes Seized In Bafoussam

An operation led by the Governor of the Western Region following a denunciation of the inter-Management Group of Cameroon, GICAM, led to the seizure of 580 cartons of illegal cigarettes seized.

Despite the measures taken by the government, including the adoption of legislation for unlawful commercial activities and actions in the field jointly by the Ministry of Trade and GICAM, the illicit trade in cigarettes continues to wreak havoc on Cameroon.

Also, GICAM sounded the alarm about this in a letter dated September 12, 2015 addressed to the Governor of the West Region.

GICAM sought the intervention of the authorities for the seizure of illicit goods with a stock of more than 580 cartons of cigarettes.

In addition, the commission to hunt down those involved in smuggling consists of representatives of the gendarmerie, the police, the Ministry of Commerce, Customs, Public Health, Taxation and GICAM.

Cameroon Gov’t Impounds 110 Tons Of Imported Sugar

The Centre Region Fraud Control squad of the Delegation of Commerce impounded some 110 tons of sugar allegedly imported fraudulently.

Sugar importation has been banned in Cameroon following complaints from the Cameroon Sugar Company that her products are not consumed in the local market because of massive importation of contraband sugar.

According to officials in the Ministry of Commerce, the seizure of the sugar is aimed at preventing the commercialisation of 500,000 tons of sugar, which have fraudulently been imported by commercial operators.

Computer Assembly Unit In Cameroon To Go Operational — achablah Times

Portuguese group Prologica, would soon set up a computer assembly factory in Cameroon after discussions with government. This project would be carried out in partnership with the African Institute of Computer Science, IAI. It will also have an assembling capacity of 6,000 computers. The factory is expected to create 10,000 jobs with a production […]

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Thieves Ransack Gendarmerie Brigade on National Day

As the national day was being celebrated all over the country, a group of robbers ransacked the Gendarmerie Brigade in Jakiri Sub-Division in Bui, Northwest region.

As local’s version of the story goes, the bandits ransacked the premises while the gendarme officers had all left for the 20th May celebration in a distance of over 300 metres at the council premises in Jakiri not far from their head-quarter. Among items reportedly looted from the force, were a gun alongside money and other items.

The bandits are said to have held an old lady who resides in the commandant’s house, still within the same premises at gun-point. This happened, when upon returning from a nearby stream, she bumped into the men of the underworld.

The village population quickly took on the issue, recounting their own versions of what happened. Most of the villagers ridiculed the gendarmerie force in the municipality, blaming them for only being good at man-handling innocent citizens while they cannot protect their selves from a handful of ‘bad boys’.

The bandits, whose main aim is suspected to have been that of stealing weapons, only succeeded to take a single gun as other weapons and armaments are said to have been stored in the commandant’s house.

In the wake of the scandal on the brigade, the officers reportedly stayed silent while quartier-talk questioned the ability of the force that was most often referred to as ‘a bunch of chicken-hearted military boys who only go about molesting innocent citizens’ and cannot watch their own back.

The stealing spree in the municipality had reduced, after a group of bandits noted to have been behind the constant ambushing of travellers along the Wainamah-Babessi stretch died one after the other, after confessing their misdeeds and exploits on villagers and travellers alike, within the municipality. With their demise and consequent slowdown in banditry within the municipality, calm reigned but of recent, stealing has been on the rise.

Fear in the village lies in the fact that the ‘bad boys’ have added a military grade gun to their arsenal. The villagers are gripped in fear as they consider how aggressive the bandits will be, as their guardians, gendarmerie officers have been trampled on with bare hands by unarmed boys.

Chibok Girls Tragedy

Since the purported kidnap of school girls from a boarding school in the Nigerian town of Chibok, many people have given varying views on reasons why the girls cannot be found. With the politicians, the military and society having different views and proposals of what can be done to secure the release of the school girls or better still recapture the abducted girls.

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The campaign aimed at ensuring the release of this girls was launched and echoed across the world with people from all walks of life joining voices with that of grieving parents, but not everyone believes the various stories, told by the various actors engaged in the fight against Boko Haram Here is a view of someone who has doubts and somewhere, the logic flows, just read Charles Ogbu take on the Chibok fiasco:

“It is not exactly correct to accuse those who disbelieve the Chibok girls abduction story of insensitivity. Truth be told, the Chibok girls story is riddled with inconsistencies, incoherences, contradictions and outright lies. Believing the story almost requires suspending a part of the brain used in critical thinking and reasoning.

“I am not implying that no girl was abducted in Chibok. Far from it. I am just saying that those who narrated the event starting from the Chibok School Principal -Hajiya Kwambura Asabe, the Bornu state governor -Ibrahim Shettima down to the Nigerian army….all of these characters deliberately manipulated their report to achieve certain aim.

“Rather than trying to guilt people into swallowing the lies sold by the aforementioned characters, those who honestly believe the Chibok story should be trying to help offer answers to some of the questions regarding the incident:

“What did boko haram use in moving over 200 girls?? I mean, how many trucks were in their convoy and how did they move such a very long convoy to their destination without being detected by the authority?

“How did boko haram manage to keep over 200 girls in custody and completely off the radar of powerful countries like America and Britain with all their sophisticated equipments such that these two countries came here and searched for the girls but found nothing??

“Why did it take weeks for the supposed parents of the abducted girls to come forward?? Why did it take months for the Chibok school of the abducted girls to come forward with their names and photos??

“How possible is it to have around 276 girls sitting for physics WAEC exam in one center in an educationally disadvantaged state like Bornu??

“Sometime last year, some of the girls were reported to have escaped from the boko boys and were even interviewed by CNN. My questions go thus:

“How did a couple of naive teenage girls manage to escape from the world deadliest terror group?? And how did the escapees find their way through the mine-infested Sambisa forest which the authorities told us is as big as the entire Enugu state?? This question is particularly important to me.

“In the interview with CNN, the chibok girls who were supposedly sitting for WAEC exam at the time of their abduction could not speak English language. Na Hausa language they for take write the WAEC exam??

“Now, to the issue of one of the girls that’s just been ‘rescued’:

“How come the army, the vigilante and the school authority were all having verbal gymnastics over the girl’s name with each group coming up with different name for the girl?? Does it mean that the girl no longer know her own name??

“If there is something I hate so much, it is being thought insensitive. But there is something I hate even more, and that is pretending to believe an illogical story just to sound politically correct.”Chibok girls

First Chibok Girl kidnapped by Boko Haram, Found

 

One of the abducted Chibok girls has been found along the Nigerian-Cameroon, as activist hold, the first since they were taken by Boko Haram militants two years ago.

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Also, the 19 year old girl was found with her husband purportedly a Boko Haram militant, alongside her baby.

The 276 girls were taken from their secondary school in north-east Nigeria by the Islamist fighters in April 2014.

Activists speaking to the BBC confirmed that Amina Ali was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.

She was reportedly identified by a civilian fighter who recognised her.

She has been given a warm welcome by her family and her purported husband arrested.

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