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ANOTHER PROMISE! Limbe Seaport Starts In 6 Months 

By Yerima Kini Nsom

The construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport in Fako Division of the Southwest Region will begin, effectively, in six months.

The Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, released the information during a working session with officials of the company in charge of the construction works. The meeting that took place at the Ministry on January 15, was tailored to chart the way forward for the rapid execution of the project.

While announcing that the construction of the seaport will begin in six months, he said the Limbe Deep Seaport is one of those projects that is expected to turn the Cameroonian economy around. To him, the project will create wealth, jobs and stir economic growth. He said the congestion at the Douala Seaport, as well as many other limitations, make the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport imperative.

The construction of the project epitomises the positive effects of the public-private partnership between the Government and the Limbe Port and Industrial Development, Company, LIPID run by the Koreans.

For his part, the General Manager of the LIPID, I. Lee, said his company has been engaged in the project for close to 10 years. LIPID was created on December 11, 2006 to construct, fund and manage the Limbe Deep Seaport.

According to experts, the project will create about 20,000 indirect and direct jobs. It will attract tourists and stir Development as well as provide social amenities in the area.

The African Development Bank, ADB, a Korean bank and the Turkish Exim Bank will bankroll the project with 602 million USD. The project contract was signed in 2013, while feasibility studies were carried out in 2008.

According to the Korean technicians carrying out the project, the Limbe Seaport will be the newest and modern deep seaport of Cameroon. The construction site will be on some 50 hectares of land at Isongo, some 20 kilometres from Limbe.

The port will be a hub for maritime transport as well as the first modern industrial zone for free exchange in West and Central Africa.

Many observers hold that the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport has been long overdue. For decades, its construction was simply ignored or politicized, contrary to that of Kribi whose construction was practically stampeded.For one thing, Cameroon has a coastal line of 400 kilometers. But, it has only one seaport, the Douala Seaport that is operational. It is in a bid to decongest the Douala Seaport that Government constructed the Kribi Deep Seaport recently. The construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport will further ease the maritime transport in the sub region.

It is worth noting that since 1990, maritime circulation has been increasing by four percent annually. Thus, the saturated Douala Seaport is unable to cope with the high demand for maritime transport.

The Limbe Deep Seaport is unique because of its proximity to Nigeria and is in a favourable and stable environment. It is only 80 kilometres from Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala.

It was revealed during the working session, also attended by the Ministers of Transport, Robert Nkili and Land Tenure and State Property, Jacqueline Koung a Besike, that all preliminary issues have been cleared for construction works to begin.

    One Response to ANOTHER PROMISE! Limbe Seaport Starts In 6 Months

    1. NCHANG FRAKLINE NGEH

      BEFORE THE FIRST WORLD WAR,CAMEROON WAS “ONE”SO,THE GOVERNMENT OF CAMEROON SHOULD NOT DELAY THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIMBE DEEP SEA PORT BECAUSE IT IS FOUND IN THE ENGLISH REGION.THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PORT WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR THE ENTIRE CAMEROONIAN ECONOMY!

       

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