BY DOH JAMES SONKEY
The President of the Republic, Paul Biya has exceptionally awarded the outgoing Country Representative of the African Development Bank, ADB, Solomane Kone with the Cross of Officer of the National Order of Valour in acknowledgement of his enormous contributions during his three and half years stay in the country.
Solomane Kone was decorated with the medal on behalf of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya last May 14, 2021, by the minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Alamine Ousmane Meywho doubles as governor of the ADB group for Cameroon at a solemn ceremony in his cabinet in Yaoundé attended by some officials of ADB and MINEPAT.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister Alamine Ousmane Mey explained that this high distinction from the Head of State is an acknowledgement of services rendered to Cameroon by the African Development Bank in general and the outgoing ADB representative in particular and his team.
Revealing that during the stay of Solomane Kone, ADB assistance package to Cameroon increased from FCFA 900 billion to FCFA 1482,47billion, the minister told the outgoing representative in Cameroon that “We remember your commitment to reinforce Cameroon’s resilience in the face of COVID-19 through the 3rd installment of the budget support, the mobilization of important funding for the reinforcement of regional integration process notably in the Cameroon and Chad Electricity Interconnection Network project and the study of the Ngaoundere-N’Djamena railway extension line and the commitment of national road N°11 (Ring Road) in the Northwest region whose loan agreement is soon to be signed will remain another souvenir of your stay in Cameroon,”
These resources, Minister Ousmane Mey said, are injected into Cameroon’s development programme and economic growth.
While expressing gratitude to President Paul Biya for his exceptional decoration, Solomane Kone promised to be Cameroon’s ambassador inKinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he willhenceforth be serving as ADB deputy director general for the Central African Region.
He equally thanked the Minister and his collaborators for accompanying him and the entire ADB team during their mission in Cameroon. The outgoing ADB official rejoiced to have enjoyed excellent, team spirit and transparent, professional and integrity filled relationship with the Minister and his team.
Solomane Kone dedicated his decoration to the Group of the African Development Bank under the leadership of its president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.