In Central Africa, the government of Cameroon is expected to sign a partnership with Tunisia for the transfer of technology through a science park, the Borj Cedria Ecopark, in the coming days.
The minister of water resources, Basile Atangana Kouna and the Tunisian ambassador to Cameroon, Jalel Snoussi are said to be in negotiations, Cameroon Tribune reported.
It is reported that the latter paid a courtesy call to the minister on Friday with Kamel Touati, adviser for foreign African affairs at the Borj Cedria Technopole, to discuss putting in place a programme in Cameroon that will train engineers and researchers in renewable and sustainable energy.
Tunisian-based Borj Cedria Technopole, is a company specialising in research and development in the four main sectors: energy, water, biotechnology and materials for which specific centres are dedicated.
According to the media, ambassador Snoussi said the science park was part of his government’s commitment to transfer technology to Cameroon.
Local human resources
Touati said the training and research centre will help jumpstart Cameroon’s energy sector, adding that the country will not need foreign experts to come and develop the sector.
Media quoted him stating that the richest resource of Cameroon was its people and most especially its engineers.
“If engineers lack appropriate training, they will not execute development projects. Cameroon through the centre will develop its human resources and stop government from bringing foreign companies to develop sustainable and renewable energy resources,” Touati said.
Renewable energy to diversify energy production
Media also reported that Kouna expressed confidence, saying the weeks ahead will determine the fruition of the collaboration.
Kouna said other projects such as the development of 100MW solar panels could be done in partnership with Tunisia.
The minister said the Central African country has been focused on hydroelectricity and is now diversifying energy sources to meet growing demand.
It is reported that the country’s current total installed capacity stands at 1,292MW, the mix of energy production of Cameroon consists of 57% of hydraulic power, 21% of thermal springs in the gas, 10% of heat source to light fuel oil and 13% of heat source to heavy fuel oil.