By Doh James Sonkey
The Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi officially inaugurated last January 23, 2021 in Kribi, Ocean Division in the South region, the first ever Civil Engineering and Mate-rial Assembly Unit in the sub region expected to boost economy through construction works in Cameroon and the entire Central African sub region.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister Nganou Djoumessi explained that the objective of the Assembly Unit is to supply Cameroon market and that of the entire CEMAC zone with construction site machinery at appropriate competitive prices.
By setting up the Kribi Assembly Unit, the Public Works boss added, TRACTAFRIC Equipment is reinforcing its presence in Cameroon especially in the strategic area of the Kribi Autonomous Port, a major architecture of the infrastructural development policy programme of the President of the Republic.
Established in the industrial zone of the Kribi Autonomous Port and extending over a surface area of 3 hectares, the Assembly Unit production is expected to help boost several sectors activi-ties including the building and public works sector and consequently, the national economy.
The Minister further said the production of ‘Made in Cameroon machinery’ at optimised prices meets a pressing need in civil engineering equipment and guarantees the transfer of skills to the local workforce.
It is worth noting that the assembly unit is the fruit of a private investment of the TRACTAFRIC Equipment Company, an OPTORG Group subsidiary.
According to officials of TRACTAFRIC, the investment evaluated at more than FCFA 2 billion will see the production of 250 machines per year to equip operators in Cameroon and Central Af-rica. He said the factory will assemble loaders, bulldozers, graders and compactors.
The delivery is said to be part of a partnership concluded between TRACTAFRIC Equipment with local councils and the Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance, FEICOM.
In addition to the supply of machinery, the partnership includes certifying training for operators and technicians for two years alternating in the TRACTAFRIC Equipment and Training Centres.
This company is not a new name to Cameroon as it is accompanied government in the Chad-Cameroon pipeline project mobilizing more than 5000 people to open a 1000km channel on ex-tremely difficult terrain.
The ceremony was placed under the very high patronage of the Head of state, His Excellency President Paul Biya.