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Aux Présidents de la Commission de la CEDEAO et de l’UEMOA

Arrangement pour la Pauvreté Economique (APE)

                        des Paysans de la CEDEAO

Messieurs les Présidents,

Un adage nous enseigne que : « si nous nous ne nous occupons pas de nous-mêmes d’autres viendront le faire comme bon leur semblera ! ».

La CEDEAO regroupe 15 pays et a un PIB de 675 milliards de dollars en 2013. Elle compte 300 millions d’habitants en 2014 et selon les prévisions, 425 millions en 2030. Elle fait 5 millions de km2. Elle est la 1ère productrice mondiale de cacao. Elle est une grande productrice de bananes, d’ananas, de gomme arabique, de noix de cajou, d’huile de palme, de céréales, arachide, et bien nantie en produits d’élevage et de pêche, etc. A cela s’ajoute, les grandes richesses minières, forestières et les grands fleuves.

Le processus d’intégration a commencé il y’a 35 ans. La population ouest-africaine était estimée alors à 109 millions dont 65% de jeunes. Ceux qui avaient entre 20 et 35 ans à l’époque ont aujourd’hui entre 55 et 70 ans et ils sont toujours en attente de sursauts permettant d’améliorer leurs conditions de vie.

Pourquoi et comment cette région est, et continue d’être victime, de la coopération internationale ?

Est-ce lié au fait que : (i) nous avons été colonisés ; (ii) nous n’avons pas de secteur privé suffisamment consolidé ni d’industries ; (iii) nos monnaies ne nous appartiennent pas ; (iv) nous sommes pauvres ; (v) le discours d’intégration reste théorique à côté des pratiques nationalistes avec une multiplicité de systèmes d’éducation, de santé, d’administration, et de langues officielles ?

Comment expliquer aux paysans de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, eux qui ont été invités dans une méthodologie participative à élaborer les deux politiques agricoles de notre région (PAU et ECOWAP) qui ont mis l’accent sur la réappropriation de notre alimentation, de nos marchés et de notre sécurité et souveraineté alimentaires. Ces politiques qui ont demandé aux paysans de s’engager dans la transformation maîtrisée de leurs systèmes de production...

Comment les convaincre que la compétition avec les produits agricoles de l’Union Européenne va faire leur bonheur en mettant entre parenthèse l’application de ces politiques agricoles ?

Après plusieurs accords et conventions, ceux de Yaoundé et Lomé, celle de Cotonou en 2000 se compose de deux chapitres : (i) "le Fonds Européen de Développement – FED" avec moins de 30 milliards d’euros pour les 77 pays sur 20 ans ; (ii) la négociation pour l’ouverture du marché dénommé "Accords de Partenariat Economique – APE". Les américains en son temps avaient été plus courageux en disant "Trade, Not Aid". Notons sur le FED (9ème, 10ème ou 11ème) que sa dotation par habitant et par an a toujours été d'environ 4 euros !

 

Les ACP, et en tête la CEDEAO, ont préféré le FED au développement de leurs pays. Initialement prévue pour 2007, la signature vient de se faire.

Nos chefs d’Etat nous ont dit à Dakar « une négociation a une limite » !

L’Union Européenne nous a signifié cette limite : « il n’y aura pas de fonds FED si on ne signe pas les APE » !

« Ventre affamé n’a point d’oreilles ! »

Dans toutes nos interpellations, on nous dit que toutes les dispositions sont prises pour un contrôle strict et des normes de rétrocession en cas de besoin... en somme, utiliser les miettes de la signature pour développer nos pays !

Qu’en est-il de notre lutte à l’OMC pour notre coton ?

A notre humble avis, on s’attendait à ce que la CEDEAO cède et signe eu égard au contexte sociopolitique difficile (la guerre civile dans le Sahel, la crise politique en Côte d’Ivoire, les dernières élections au Ghana, Boko Haram au Nigéria, Ebola,...) mais aussi à la pression de l’Europe sur les Etats. Ceci malgré le fait que la raison juridique de l’engagement à l’OMC qui était à l’origine de la légitimité des négociations des APE a pris du plomb dans l’aile :

  • Le Doha Round processus de correction des contradictions dans les négociations sur l’agriculture a été bloqué par le véto USA-Europe ;
  • Ces mêmes puissances se sont engagées dans des négociations commerciales bilatérales.

L’Europe a bien profité de son amitié avec nos régimes pour nous mettre la pression au moment où la stabilité base de développement est menacée. C’est ça "le partenariat aussi" ? Profiter des faiblesses de ses partenaires pour avancer des pions ? ... Bravo !

Dans notre région, les peuples sont habitués à des décisions prises sans qu’ils ne comprennent jamais le pourquoi !

Comme le suicide collectif n’est ni permis, ni accepté, à ce jour de la signature des APE, je voudrais tout simplement partager avec vous les responsables, notre désapprobation. Je constate qu’à partir de 2015, nous retournons à "la CEDEAO des Chefs d’Etat", après avoir créé "la CEDEAO des Etats" et espéré "la CEDEAO des peuples" !

Les peuples prendront acte comme ils ont pris acte plusieurs fois au gré des consensus et des politiques contre leurs intérêts.

J’espère que les hommes et les femmes particulièrement les paysans, les paysannes et les militants de l’intégration pour un avenir radieux dans notre région, continueront de résister parce que, dans une partie de l’Afrique, et avec toute l’Afrique, l’apartheid a été vaincu.

C’est cet espoir qui nous fait croire que l’histoire jugera !

Je vous souhaite une bonne fin d’année dans la préparation d’un PASA continu et encadré !

Mamadou CISSOKHO

Le 12 décembre 2014

Exploitant familial à Bamba Thialène (Koumpentoum) Sénégal

 


The views expressed by Mamadou Cissokho are correct and justified. ECOWAS has remained largely alien to the real challenges of integration and development in the West African sub-region. The issue remains that the countries that make up ECOWAS are still tied to apron-strings of their colonial masters consciously and unconsciously. The problem is not with ECOWAS alone, but also how the various governments manage their affairs. There is need for African governments to support African people and businesses to relate better through regional trade, and building and sustaining progressive relationships and partnerships without having to need much help from the West and other advanced regions. We should learn to dine with our former colonial masters with a “long spoon”.

One way of doing this is to ensure that currencies of African countries are mutually convertible within Africa. The current situation is that even when two or more African countries are engaged in cross-border trade and migration, their banks lack formal mechanisms for mutual convertibility of local currencies. A glaring example is what happens between Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad and Nigeria, where cross-border trade runs into billions of U.S dollars, and populations and tribes share common ancestry, and economic and cultural bonding, and informal and formal movement of persons go on almost on a minute bases. Yet it is difficult to open a naira account in Cameroon, Chad or even Gabon and a Franc CFA account in Nigeria, but it is very easy to open a pound sterling, dollars or euro accounts in these countries. Equally it is much easier for a French bank to operate in these countries than for a Cameroonian based bank to operate in Nigeria and vice-versa.

As rightly noted by Mamadou Cissokho, ECOWAS needs to shift its focus from having a common market, to ensuring convertibility of currencies of its member countries within the region. Rather than seek to have a common ECOWAS currency, each country should have its independent monetary system, but there should be mechanisms for converting the different currencies without having to buy the dollar or Pound Sterling first. What Africans need is for our governments to come together and make policies that formalise existing trade relationships. Once it is possible for a Cameroonian, a Chadian or a Congolese to take his Francs CFA to a Nigerian bank and have naira without passing through dollars, then 60% of Africa’s problems would have been solved; the demand for Dollar and Pound Sterling will fall, and production of local needs by sister ECOWAS countries will grow.

All it takes to achieve this is for the Heads of States to agree that banking institutions should create department/unit for converting African currencies in all the banks, such that intra-African trades can be carried out without the Pounds, Dollars or Euros.

Uwem Essia

Regional Director

PAID-WA, Buea, Cameroon

Solar Job Opportunities

Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA) is an international educational and professional institution established in 1969. It has a focus on sustainable development using the strategies of training, capacity development, practical field research, and advisory services in its interventions.

The following job vacancies are hereby announced:

Solar Energy Specialist / Engineer

Solar Energy Assistant Engineer

Solar Energy Technician

 

Responsibilities:

  • Test or evaluate photovoltaic (PV) cells or modules.
  • Review specifications and recommend engineering or manufacturing changes to achieve solar design objectives.
  • Perform thermal, stress, or cost reduction analyses for solar systems.
  •  Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work.
  •  Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring
  • Develop and provide solar energy training programs 
  • Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.

Qualifications:

Solar Engineer / Specialist

  • Masters degree in Solar Energy or related field
  • Working experience
  • Bilingualism (English and French will be added advantage)

Solar Energy Assistant Engineer:

  • Bachelors degree in Solar Energy or related field
  • Working Experience
  • Ability to work in a team

Solar Energy Technician

  • Advanced Level and Professional training in Solar Energy
  • working Experience
  • Ability to work in a team

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First Admission List 2014/2015

PAN AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT-WEST AFRICA

(PAID-WA), BUEA

 


 FIRST ADMISSION LIST FOR THE 2014/2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

BSc.

 

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Ahone Maureen Ndelley

Cameroonian

GPM

2

Mbog Etienne Peguy

Cameroonian

GPM

3

Kingah KAmga Linde

Cameroonian

SW

4

Mbiankeu Saint Kisito

Cameroonian

EAD

5

Suzi-Ann Fende Endeley

Cameroonian

EAD

6

Abongwa Precious Tanue

Cameroonian

EAD

7

Stephanie Mbiseh

Cameroonian

EAD

8

Ateufack Tsamo Bideyas

Cameroonian

EAD

9

Nono Marc Olivier

Cameroonian

EAD

10

Gillian Njabi Fondom

Cameroonian

EAD

11

Awoh Desmond Diang

Cameroonian

GMR

 

Post Graduate Diploma (PGD)

 

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Marceline Natang

Cameroonian

DM

2

Frinwie Loveline Muma

Cameroonian

DM

3

Wandifah Drammeh

Gambian

DM

4

Lamin Daffeh

Gambian

DM

5

Angwe Franklin Eyayuei

Cameroonian

PHA

6

Beyang Basil Agbor

Cameroonian

PHA

7

Theresia Loko Mosinga

Cameroonian

HRM

8

Atoh Elizabeth Amboh

Cameroonian

HRM

9

Agbor Endoh Epse Anzah Gladys

Cameroonian

HRM

10

Lotte Bi-Emfor

Cameroonian

HRM

  

Masters

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Mbuagbaw Evelyn Barua

Cameroonian

SHRM

2

Lamin K Kanyi

Gambian

SHRM

3

Ndoping Olga Limunga

Cameroonian

SHRM

4

Sandra Angwa Injoh

Cameroonian

SHRM

5

Kama Victorine Enanga

Cameroonian

SHRM

6

Prince Nasako Daniel Molondo

Cameroonian

SHRM

7

Nelson Nana Nyami

Cameroonian

SHRM

8

Baboucarr S.M Gaye

Gambian

RPPM

9

Ebrima Cham

Gambian

RPPM

10

Aseh Emmanuel Vitung

Cameroonian

RPPM

11

Achu Samba

Cameroonian

RPPM

12

Eric Esombe Moka Endeley

Cameroonian

RPPM

13

Ashu Mary Lum

Cameroonian

RPPM

14

Ojong Otun Etta

Cameroonian

RPPM

15

Nguebeko Niba Nchotu

Cameroonian

RPPM

16

Careen Tabe-Orock Baiye

Cameroonian

RPPM

17

Abraham K. Menday

Gambian

PCIR

18

Mbanwi Pascaline Enjoh

Cameroonian

PCIR

19

Gabsa Suzanne Nyonka

Cameroonian

PCIR

20

Adiang Afounga Thelma Therese

Cameroonian

PCIR

21

Suzan Makolo Etonde

Cameroonian

PCIR

22

Besong Akumosogo Collins

Cameroonian

PCIR

23

Akoachere Esubat Agnes

Cameroonian

PCIR

24

Amet Sallah

Gambian

ENRM

25

Ndemanou Fenwore Laure

Cameroonian

ENRM

26

Tambe Philomina Besong

Cameroonian

ENRM

27

Fru Delvis Ngang

Cameroonian

ENRM

28

Mugri Zadock Tatatembi

Cameroonian

ENRM

29

Issa Gilbert Sarsar

Cameroonian

AD

30

Shalo Jeannette Darline

Cameroonian

AD

 

Key

GPM                           Gender and Project Management

SW                              Social Work

EAD                           Environment and Agricultural Development

GMR                          Gender, Migration and Refugee Studies

DM                             Development Management

HRM                          Human Resource Management

PHA                            Peace and Humanitarian Action

SHRM                        Strategic Human Resource Management

ENRM                        Environment and Natural Resource Management

AD                              Agricultural Development

PCIR                          Peace, Conflict and International Relations

RPPM                        Regional Planning and Project Management

 

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

BSc.

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Leoeadie Roku Mabale

Eq. Guinean

Mgt & Ent

2

Francisco Policarpo Matala Memba

Eq. Guinean

Mgt & Ent

3

Ngah Kasinah Kunah

Cameroonian

Mgt & Ent

4

Doh Leslie Tita

Cameroonian

Mgt & Ent

5

Nardy Buiyaban Bichua

Eq. Guinean

HRM

6

Fendi Johana Bitaseme

Cameroonian

HRM

7

Njonguo Kelly Founjuh

Cameroonian

HRM

8

Fende Fenang Edith Claudya

Cameroonian

HRM

9

Ngwafor Joel Favour

Cameroonian

HRM

10

Mitti Ngwafoung Mangwi

Cameroonian

HRM

11

Njang Nangia Ndeme

Cameroonian

HRM

12

Susan Enene Liwunja

Cameroonian

AF

13

Oswel Nformi Njamnsi

Cameroonian

AF

14

Ambang Zenabou Mongo

Cameroonian

AF

15

Etchami Dibora Eyongie

Cameroonian

Mkt

 

Masters

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Princewill Akongnwi

Cameroonian

AF

2

Fongang Singhe Kevin

Cameroonian

AF

3

Tieubou Lapa Melanie

Cameroonian

AF

 

MBA

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Ayompe Ernest Takorbi

Cameroonian

Proj Mgt

2

Betanga Rose Nkeh Fonjock

Cameroonian

Proj Mgt

 

Key

Mgt. & Ent.                            Management and Entrepreneurship

HRM                                      Human Resource Management

AF                                           Accounting and Finance

Mkt                                         Marketing

Proj. Mgt                                Project Management

 

  

DEPARTMENT OF SHORT AND ONLINE COURSES

Higher Technical Diploma in Development Studies (HTDDS)

 

S/N

Name

Nationality

Specialization

1

Achiri Desmond

Cameroonian

HTDDS

2

Jenaba Secka

Gambia

HTDDS

3

Ngeh Miranda

Cameroonian

HTDDS

4

Ngah Dickson Yufonyuy

Cameroonian

HTDDS

5

Lyonga Divine Menforda

Cameroonian

HTDDS

6

Wolani Shudeka Etiene

Cameroonian

HTDDS

 

 

 

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At 50th Anniversary

The Pan African Institute for Development (PAID), created on 28 February 1964 to support the economic, social and cultural development of Africa through Action-Research, Support Consultancy and Training of African staff, to enable them assume responsibility at various levels, and with significant participation of the population in order to attain self-development, with the improvement of their living conditions as a priority, will from 2015 start a PhD programme in Applied Sciences for Concerted, Decent and Sustainable Development.

The announcement was made by Prof. Emmanuel Kamdem, Cameroon-born Secretary General of the institution, last Friday Feb 28th at the Yaounde Mont Febe Hotel, on the occasion of the solemn opening ceremony of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of PAID under the theme: “Concerted, Decent and Sustainable Development, Respecting Human Dignity and Safeguarding Animal and Vegetal Species in Africa".


 

Talking on the peculiarity of the new programme, he told journalists that it would enable people to have the possibility of bringing solutions to concrete problems. He said the programme, like the Executive Master in Applied Sciences for Concerted, Decent and Sustainable Development, aims on the one hand to train senior staff and experts-consultants following the PAID approach which means combining field work and classroom work and on the other hand to strengthen the capacity of senior staff of the public and private sectors, as well as of civil society and international organisations. He said the training would guarantee the employability of the students and would be bilingual at fifty percent English and fifty percent French.

In his speech at the opening, Prof. Kamdem described PAID’s history with Africa as a marriage of love and reason. He dwelt on the structure of PAID, its achievements 50 years on and its most important projects in the next 50 years. Among future projects, he cited the construction of a head office for the Secretariat General in Yaounde whose plan was explained, the acquisition of premises to host the office of the Secretariat General in Geneva, the creation of an incubation centre for enterprises in Bamenda, the construction of the International Centre for Concerted, Decent and Sustainable Development in Yaounde, the construction of the PAID campus for Lusophone African countries in Bissau and the rehabilitation of the Ouagadougou campus.

For her part, Dr. Elad, president of the Governing Council of International Association of PAID, thanked President Biya profusely for coming to the rescue of PAID when it was on its knees and providing it with a plot to build its head office in Yaounde.

Talking about the achievements of PAID 50 years on, she said it had trained close to 30,000 people who presently form a dynamic network of intellectuals at all levels throughout the world. She said the institution had worked hard to narrow the gap between rural and urban development through training and Action-research, with standards that meet the requirements of the African people.

Dr. Elad announced the intention of PAID to create “The International Centre for Concerted and Decent Sustainable Development” and The Spring Academy for Concerted, Decent and Sustainable Development in Africa”.

On the peculiarity of the PAID programme, Dr. Elad said it was drawn to meet and address the required needs of each society based on intensive research work.

Meanwhile, Mme Veronique Vincent Samson, daughter of Dr. Fernand Vincent, “Founding Father” of PAID, delivered a speech of best wishes from her father which also traced the history of PAID with its high and low points.

Before declaring open the celebration, Yaouba Abdoulaye, Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, who represented the MINEPAT boss, paid homage to Fernand Vincent. He promised government’s continued support to PAID which he admitted had benefitted many Cameroonians.

The opening ceremony also witnessed the presentation of the association of former students of PAID (Alumni IPD/PAID), presentation of a documentary on the 50 years of PAID, information on a new series of publications on PAID, The African Innovation Week and Prize. Dance groups from Aghem and Nsei in the North West graced the occasion which culminated in the laying of the foundation stone for the head office of the Secretariat General at the administrative centre in Etoudi, Yaounde, by Mrs. Koung a Bessike Jacqueline, Minister of State Property, Surveys and State Property.

Targeting West Africa

 Pan African Institute for Development, West Africa (PAID-WA) in pursuit of the drive for enlisting in the activities of the “Mindpower age” has mobilised resources to make itself available to the rest of the West African countries.

 

Red Crescent Society

 In a quest to train humanitarian actors across the West and Central Africa sub region, the Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa prepares to host the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society. With an increase in humanitarian crisis across the African continent, PAID –WA envisage integrating disaster management and humanitarian assistance to train Africans in the face of natural hazards, climate change and man – made disasters such as violence, wars and protracted crisis consistently affecting the continent.
The second framework shared by PAID – WA and the ICRC is the concept of sustainable development. As a humanitarian organization, the ICRC is mandated to restore lives and dignity during relief operations. It is therefore imperative for Africans to be trained in order to develop Africa.  Conclusively, the PAID –WA Humanitarian Action Group (HAG) has been newly created to sensitize and raise awareness on the importance of incorporating disaster management into sustainable development.
For more information on this project, contact the Humanitarian Project Coordinator

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