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After how many years in power, the North Korea-esque Biya regime now wants to talk about vision? what vision? their vision should have ended 20 years.

Wirndzerem G. Barfee

I am not quite enthralled by the vision 2035 thing; nothing to do with fore-vision and anticipation which are one of the cornerstones of good mgt and gvnce. I take issue with the lack of non-participatory & non-concerted approach you aptly criticized about the draft. These are gems of unseriousness and badfaith: never read it as a benign omission.The vastness of such a project cannot afford the parochial ineptitude and mediocrity of ministerial cabinets. 2ndly as the well-informed local expert, Babissakana (Cabinet Prescriptor)has also rightly pointed out in an analysis of the said 65 pg visionary document, there is no sense or tilt of the analytic in the document: just a litany of synthetico-prosaic wishes that are recycled, pale-copied, from the failed SAP/SPRDocs/RSPRDocs of our infamous brettons wood conditionalities era. For instance, what hierachy is that list of pillars, e.g. position should governance occupy, what is the historical background that governs such a vision (as Mathias Owona Nguini has said of the document's lack of backgroud argument, you cannot safely drive without a rearview/retovisor! These are some of the brewing debates. I swear, cynically & I accept, that no success will come out of this vision. Our ambient disruptive discourses and unpatriotic comportments cannot be propitious to its durable success.

Wirndzerem G. Barfee

P.S. sorry i inadvertently skipped my "preview/edit" function,hence this correction to my comment above: read as
1)"lack of participatory and concerted approach"

2)"germs of unseriousness and badfaith"

3)"what hierachy is in that list of pillars"



Vision 2035 is nonesense. There is no industrialized country in the Francophonie besides France and France cannot accept a competitor in France Afrique.

That the draft is still in French anyway suggest Cameroon's Francophones aka Camerounese still have a cardinal weakness - the inability to bow to the supremacy of the English language and orientate the country accordingly.

Industrialization means initiating, creating and sustaining business activities at critical levels within the context of international standards in a global economy. It is not about pen-pushers in lofty offices day-dreaming while contemplating the next embezzlement of public funds.

As Nwalimu has indicated, the draft is more about circumventing Bretton Woods institutions than conceiving realism. Bretton Woods is driven by the Anglophones who can see throw this type of tropical smoke.

J. S. Dinga

Cameroon must begin to see the futility of government trying to be all and all, completely oblivious to the energetic private sector or regional human and material resources. Real development will come if and when devolution of power to the provinces becomes a reality. In this way, regions that want to strategize by promoting agriculture can do so unhindered and those who believe in every single resident being a chief of service, director, minister or whatever, can also go ahead and nominate and install them.

The nation's overall development is held hostage by an overbearing centralization that penalizes hard-working regions in a weird zeal to feed the less hard-working ones. Natural and human resources are not evenly distributed, so each region should be able to maximize its potential without being stymied by another or by the center. Make room for innovation, competition and creativity in place of current stifling indulgent monoplies!

Let the national plan reflect the broad aspect of the miniature Africa it is tooted to be instead of the narrow visions of selected individuals with half-baked ideas for a market that deserves a much broader input.

By the way, Cameroon is supposed to be bilingual too.

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I did so much traveling in March and April that I began to crave time in New York. How's that for a reversal of sensibility? Yet I wanted so badly to be at home for a while.

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