5 September 2011

Cameroon to Spend 175 Billion CFA Francs on Roads Over 10 Years

Cameroon, Africa’s fourth-biggest cocoa producer, plans to spend 175 billion CFA francs ($379 million) on constructing roads over the next 10 years.
The central African nation will build 350 kilometers (217 miles) of roads each year, Francois Felix Ewane, technical inspector at the Ministry of Public Works, said in an interview in Yaounde, the capital, today.
Cameroon’s roads, of which 5,000 kilometers or 10 percent are paved, are degrading as traffic increases an average of 5 percent each year, according to the ministry. Only 6 percent of roads are said to be in a good state, 21 percent are classified as normal, while 70 percent are mediocre and 3 percent in a very poor state, the ministry’s statistics showed.
The routes will be built around the country, including in the cocoa-producing south, center and east regions. Cameroon follows Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria as the continent’s top cocoa growers. It also produces robusta and arabica coffee for export.
To contact the reporter on this story: Pius Lukong in Yaounde via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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