The rate of access to electricity in rural areas is expected to improve in six regions of Cameroon (Far North, North, Adamaoua, North West, South West and East).
A loan agreement of $ 150 million (about 87.8 billion FCFA) was signed on June 12th in Yaoundé between the representative of the director of operations of the World Bank in Cameroon, Ibrah Sanoussi and Alamine Ousmane Mey, the Minister for the Economy (Minepat) for funding in part of the Rural Electrification and Access to Electricity Project in rural areas(Perace).
This project, which will be implemented over a period of five years, will make it possible to carry out extensions and reinforcements of the electricity network, in particular by the construction of lines and electrical transformer stations in 417 new localities. This will give access to electricity to more than one million people in the affected rural areas.
“This project benefits not only the consumers of electricity, but also the underserved population, through the creation of jobs and the improvement of prospects for shared prosperity in Cameroon. Increased access to electricity is a key factor in generating income and jobs, and promoting productive uses of electricity in rural areas.”-Said Alamine Ousmane Mey.
According to data provided by Minepat, underserved regions have a rate of access to electricity of barely 50%. For example, the Far North has a rate of 46%; the North, 46% and Adamawa, 52%. The World Bank notes that only one in two people has access to electricity in rural areas in Cameroon. To address this, the government adopted the Rural Electrification Master Plan in 2017, paving the way for expanding access to electricity in these underserved regions.