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At the beginning of this year 2018, I have a feeling of great joy to extend to you, as well as those close to your heart, my best wishes. I am happy to start with you the march towards new challenges within the framework of our missions to support local development.
Before delving into situating the course for the year 2018, it appeared important for me to take an introspective look on our major realizations in the year 2017. Indeed, several commitments were undertaken at the beginning of the year with the view to improving our services and proposing solutions to Councils in terms of the provision of basic services to our fellow citizens. As a public institution specialized in local development, we can be of relevance and interest only when we offer quality services enabling to improve the environment and living conditions of our fellow citizens.
With regard to strengthening the financial capacities of the Councils, we mobilized CFA F 108, 814, 237, 141 (US$ 206 760 012) on estimates of CFA F 107, 316, 183, 000, ($US 203 913 530), i.e. an achievement rate of 101.40%. An important part of these resources, i.e. an amount of CFA F 83, 775, 825, 786, ($US 159 184 048), was provided to Councils and City Councils within the framework of redistribution of Council Taxes Subject to Equalization. These resources enabled Municipal Authorities to better execute their action plans.
In respect of the financing of development projects, we granted 295 fundings to 179 Councils and City Councils for the realization of projects, in particular in the education, health, water supply and trade sectors. The amount of these fundings stands at CFA F 57, 282, 213, 036, ($US 108 843 023). On this chapter, we remained consistent in our approach of listening to the needs of Councils and our fellow citizens. Indeed, on the instructions of the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, we granted funding amounting CFA F 4.7 billion, to 47 Councils of the Far-North Region called upon to manage the consequences of the attrocities committed by the Islamist Sect, Boko Haram and the inconveniences of climate change. These resources are intended for the realization 106 priority social projects identified by the Councils.
With regards to projects with our partners, 2017 was marked by the strengthening of coperation ties with the European Union and KfW within the framework of the economic and social development programme of secondary Cities exposed to instability factors (PRODESV). This programme which is costing CFA F 18, 500, 000, 000 ($US 351 522 03.6), concerns essentially the Regions of Cameroun facing the influx of refugees, displaced persons and other migrants, the objective being to strengthen the absorption capacity and resilience of these cities. The programme will therefore enable to strengthen the offer in public insfrastructures with the view of improving the environment and the living conditions of our citizens, promoting social peace and the socio-economic development of the eligible cities.
Other cooperation programmes enabled to have encouraging results. It is in particular, the FEICOM-Medium Cities Decentralization Programme financed by KfW of which the projects have been completed at the technical level, the Programme for the Construction of Municipal Housing (PCCM) financed by the Cameroon Housing Loan Fund and of which the first projects have seen the light of day on the field, the project on the constitution of an inter-council civil engineering and water equipment pool which is pursueing its maturation process with securing land bases and the completion of the Environmental and Social Impact Studies.
At the level of the promotion of local governance, 6 best practices rewarded in 2016 within the framework of FEICOM National Award for Councils’ Local Development best practices, were subject for promotion and dissemination in some Cameroonian Councils and at the international level on the occasion of the 11th European Development Days. Similarly, in December 2017, we succeeded in our migration towards version 2015 of ISO 9001. Furthermore, measuring the level of satisfaction of our external customers and our partners constituted part of our activities.
Lastly, the outreach of the Councils and FEICOM was translated at the national and international level through our participation in important national and international conferences during which, FEICOM asserting the importance of African institutions financing RLAs, receiving several visits of high level foreign delegations and supporting 86 Councils within the framework of cooperation missions.