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Camair-Co Signs Contract With Aircrafts Fuel Supplier 

By Joe Dinga Pefok

CameroonPostline.com — Cameroon Airlines Corporation, Camair-Co, April 4, signed a contract with a guaranteed fuel supplier, Tradex. The Chief Executive Officer of Camair-Co, Alex Van Elk, and the General Manager of Tradex Company, Perrial Jean Nyodog, signed on behalf of their different companies, at the headquarters of Camair-Co in Douala.

Tradex GM (left), Camair-Co CEO, shake hands after signing the contract

The main term of the contract is that Tradex, which is a Cameroonian enterprise that trades in fuel and other petroleum products, will regularly supply all Camair-Co’s aircrafts with Jet A1 Fuel. Tradex will supply the aircrafts with fuel in countries where it operates like Cameroon and Chad. It will take full responsibility for the regular supply of fuel to the aircrafts at destinations where it does not operate.

This means that Tradex will negotiate with its partners in Paris and Lyon in France, Cotonou in Benin Republic, Libreville in Gabon, Brazzaville in Congo Republic and other Camair-Co’s destinations where the company does not operate, to supply the airline’s planes with fuel whenever the need arises. 

Celebrating Partnership

“Today, we celebrate a partnership between two companies in Cameroon: Camair-Co, which is a State owned airlines company, and Tradex, which is an enterprise with a Cameroonian majority shares,” Van Elk declared.

Van Elk explained that Camair-Co placed a call for tender, and that many companies sent in their bids. These bids, like the bids for other contracts that Camair-Co has been awarding, were meticulously examined by the public contracts commission that was installed in the company since June 16, 2011.

The CEO stated that, in the spirit of Camair-Co, the commission exhibited transparency in its work, and ended up selecting Tradex. He said the commission was convinced that the company presented the best bid in all aspects. Stressing that Tradex won the contract by merit, Van Elk said it was quite pleasing to see a Cameroonian company emerge victorious in a fair- competition which also saw the participation of a number of multi-national companies.

He said this was evidence that there are Cameroonian companies with the competence to march multi-national companies. Van Elk as well stated that the contract between Camair-Co and Tradex will be mutually beneficial as it is a win-win partnership. He further asserted that it is contract that will be good for Cameroon’s economy. 

“The contract will leave Cameroonian money in the country, as we (Camair-Co) are dealing with another Cameroonian company (Tradex), and this will benefit the economy largely.  Camair-Co will thus, through the contract, bring a positive swing to the economy of Cameroon, by dealing with a Cameroonian company. This is our aim. What we can get in Cameroon with Cameroonian companies, we will do,” he said.

Proud Partner

Also speaking at the ceremony, the General Manager of Tradex, Perrial Jean Nyodog, rejoiced that the contract has, among other things, turned a new page in the company’s history, permitting it to enter the aviation sector. He stated that Tradex will do everything to live up to expectation.

Noting that Camair-Co is the Star of Cameroon, Nyodog said his company is proud to have, as partner, the airline company which is the pride of Cameroon and Cameroonians. He said the contract will also offer Tradex the opportunity to contribute towards the success of Camair-Co.  

46 Million FCFA Fuel Daily

Meanwhile, the CEO of Camair-Co disclosed that the Jet A1 Fuel volume to be supplied by Tradex, in financial terms, will, in principle, be circa FCFA 46 million daily. Camair-Co presently has a fleet of three aircrafts; one Boeing 767-300 ER (The Dja), and two Boeings 737.

Van Elk also disclosed that the duration of the contract is nine months. He added that there is a possibility for the extension or signing of a new contract and that Camair-Co would like to continue the contract with Tradex for a long time.

Bamenda Destination Soon

It was gathered from a press release given to reporters at the ceremony that Camair-Co plans to launch flights to four new local destinations; Ngaoundere, Bertoua, Bamenda and Bafoussam. Camair-Co presently flies to Yaounde, Garoua and Maroua.

Abandoned Airports

The long abandoned Bamenda Airport was rehabilitated in 2010 for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cameroon Armed Forces. Also, there are hopes that the long abandoned Tiko Airport will also be rehabilitated, as part of preparations for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cameroon’s Reunification to take place in Buea, Southwest Region, this year.

Besides the Tiko Airport, the Region also used to have the Besongabang and Akwaya Airstrips, both in Manyu Division. The Akwaya Airstrip, which was constructed by the British, went dead in the mid 80s. Yet, there is no road that directly links Akwaya Subdivision to the rest of the country.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01334


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