By DOH JAMES SONKEY
Capacities of Members of the National Assembly for the 10th legislature in the Lower House of Cameroon’s Parliament have been reinforced to enable them fully play their role in preparing and controlling the implementation of public policies.
Their capacities were built last June 17 and 18, 2020 at an information seminar on public policies, major budgetary orientations and major areas of development and Public Finances reform, organised by the National Assembly in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development.
Chaired by the House Speaker, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, the two days exchange between offi-cials of the Ministry of Finance and of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Develop-ment improved the knowledge of the People’s Representatives on the various frameworks and in-struments which form the basis of government action to enhance their contribution towards the search for efficiency and the pertinence of public policies.
Officially opening the seminar, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril said their mission to control government actions warrants that members of the National As-sembly be enlightened on the recent macro-economic situation on the reform of public finances undertaken since 2007 as well as the major medium and longterm public policies envisaged.
He rejoiced that the seminar comes barely few months after new members of the House officially assumed their responsibility.
The seminar was aimed specifically at reinforcing members of the National Assembly’s understand-ing of: the recent macro-economic framework and the major orientations of the economic policy envisaged by the government in the medium and long terms; the various reforms undertaken within the purview of improving the management of public finances in Cameroon”.
Emphasis during the seminar was laid on the new calendar for preparing the state budget.
The first presentation at the seminar on the theme: “the orientations of government’s economic pol-icy in the medium and long terms,” provided an update on the recent macro-economic situation and highlighted the main stakes of the nation’s economic development to be addressed in the medium and long terms with a view to reinforcing the diversification of Cameroon’s economic sector and consolidating its resilience. The second presentation on the theme “the reform of public finances in Cameroon” provided recent information on the improvement of the management of public finances which began since 2007.