UPDATE ON PADESCE PROJECT

MINEFOP AND MINESEC AGREE TO ADVANCE THE PROJECT DURING A HIGH-LEVEL MEETING

On Wednesday, 6th January 2021, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training and Prof Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education, co-chaired a follow-up meeting on the PADESCE project, in the company of Boniface Bayaola, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Secondary Education in charge of Teacher’s Training, alongside other officials from both ministries.

The support project for the development of the secondary sector and skills for growth and employment, better known under its French acronym PADESCE, seemed to have been stalled and needed the oversight of both ministers to take an effective boost.

The project whose preparation phase dates back as from 2017 is yet to be fully matured and enter its implementation phase owing to a few stumbling blocks. Some of these basically pertain to its structure, as the project is steered by both ministries. It is therefore in view of ascertaining the current status of the project that both ministers met so as to identify and clear the sticking points.

Relying on the presentations made by project focal points and following discussions thereto, recommendations were made to the project team, the key recommendation being to provide both ministers with timely highlights and updates at each stage so as to ease their understanding and facilitate their decision-making.

Both ministers reiterated their willingness and readiness to work in close collaboration for the full success of the PADESCE project. They equally instructed their respective teams involved in the project to do same and prioritise the general interest.

As a reminder, this project funded by the World Bank aims to provide Cameroon with mid-level skilled workers on renewable energies, ICTs, agribusiness, and building and construction. By so doing, one of the basic requirements for Cameroon to achieve its emergence by 2035 would be satisfied.

A. Ngidjol

Celcom/MINESEC