“Empowering Communities to Tackle Corruption in Development Projects: IGI Discusses New Approaches with Public Procurement Minister of Cameroon”
Undercutting Corruption in Rural Development Infrastructure Projects: IGI meets with Minister of State at the Presidency, charged with Public Procurement, to discuss new approaches of empowering citizens to tackle corruption and delays in the realization of public investment budget projects
Highlight of Meeting with the Honorable Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon in charge of Public Contracts [MINMAP].
At about 11: 15 Cameroon time, the Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon in charge of Public Contracts, together with his Secretary General, the President of the Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Unit and other senior collaborators received the International Delegation of International Governance Institute led by its Chair, Paul New and its Resident Country Representative to Cameroon-Stephen Asek.
The Ministry of Public Contracts through its regional delegation in the South West Region is one of the early government institutions aside from the National Anti-Corruption Commission [CONAC], which has benefited enormously from IGI’s technical support and programs. The Regional Delegate for Public Contracts for the South West Region therefore joined the IGI delegations and discussions that ensued at the meeting last Tuesday 28th November, 2017 at the Ministry’s headquarters in Yaounde.
Having worked with this ministerial department in the past, IGI has identified a number of areas and interventions wherein it had to discuss closely with the honorable Minister of State and his collaborators; and thereby pursue a common direction in tackling the challenges identified. The Minister expressed his gratitude to IGI and maintained, that despite numerous measures taken to address dysfunctionalities in the public contracts sector, more needs to be done to improve integrity, fight corruption, reduce delay and waste of resources in the delivery of public contracts across the country.
Four areas of program support and technical assistance by the International Governance Institute was therefore expounded. The Minister then accorded his endorsement and commitment to continue working with IGI team and expertise towards a procurement sector where stakeholders live and work with integrity.
Areas of collaboration and assistance to be commenced by 2018 has been elaborated as follows:
From 2018-2022 through the joint cooperation with the Ministry of Public Contracts, IGI will deliver the following programs and projects to address a number of challenges identified:
Technical Assistance: Component 1 [2018-2020]
Technical Assistance: Component 2 [2018-2022]
Technical Assistance: Component 3 [2018-2022]
The above areas of intervention and technical assistance will form the basis of collaboration and cooperation between International Governance Institute and the Ministry of Public Contracts for the period 2018 to 2022.