Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

A Colombian consortium awarded FCfa 128 million contract to organise traditional mining in Cameroon


A Colombian consortium gathering the companies ARM, Geuss and ELL has just been declared winner of a FCfa 128 million (USD 233,569) contract, for the implementation of a “pilot project, to support the organisation of traditional miners” in the Ngoura and Akom II arrondissements, located respectively in the Eastern and Southern regions of Cameroon.

According to the official communiqué awarding this contract, the activities to be undertaken will consist in a diagnostic of the mining practices in the aforementioned areas; sensitising the traditional miners for the recognition and development of traditional mining; training the miners on traditional mining methods; sensitisation to the use of formal networks to open markets for the products; etc.

This project will be executed as part of the Capacity Building Project in the Mining Sector (Precasem) in Cameroon, established by the Ministry of Mines, through financing from the World Bank.

As a reminder, in the mining fields of Cameroon, over 70% of the gold production (which is the main product mined in the towns concerned by the project) is sold to dealers, who, according to the traditional miners, sometimes offer buying prices which are more attractive than the ones offered by CAPAM, the system set up by the government to help channel Cameroonian gold through formal networks.


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