31, August 2016
Cameroon at the end of July this year had a debt situation of 4,754 billion FCFA, representing 27.3 per cent Gross Domestic Product, far below the 70 per cent ceiling set by the Central African Economic and Monetary Community, CEMAC, sub-region. This satisfactory situation will be maintained in the long-run if stakeholders continue to upgrade skills on mobilizing resources for the State properly and in a more disciplined manner.
The Minister of Finance, Alamine Ousmane Mey, however says there is need to remain cautious when analyzing the figures, given the implementation of projects for transforming the country into a middle income economy by 2035 as planned by the Head of State. The Minister made the disclosure in Yaounde yesterday August 30, at a ceremony to present the texts, missions and working procedures of the National Committee in charge of Public Debt, (NCPD). It was set up in 2008 by the Prime Minister to coordinate and follow-up the implementation of the national public indebtedness and public debt management policy with focus on developing objectives for State financial resources.
The Minister, who is also NCPD Chairperson, said government was committed to righting the wrongs of the past with the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative (HIPC) of the early 2000 that led to the freezing of the country’s debts by partners. Making sure that the country was on the right path to “borrowing cautiously and spending wisely,” with focus on enabling future generations to repay debts normally, was primordial, Finance Minister stated. “We have to be careful in the conception, evaluation and mobilisation of resources to develop the country”, he said, stressing that NCPD members must know the position of the country’s debt policy where; “If we are not watchful enough while looking for resources to finance our development projects, we may end up in a situation where sustainability is not ensured.” Public debt concerns countries all over the world because of the risks involved. The one-day dialogue was part of efforts to maintain Cameroon’s possibility of mobilizing resources for development. Cameroon therefore needs to maintain the quality of its signature in the financial market as well as with its donors so as to mobilize enough resources for development.