Cameroon long serving president, has just signed a decree authorising the Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional development, to sign an agreement with a Chinese bank for the borrowing of the sum of 45.9 billion FCFA.
This money is destined for an urban video surveillance project, which was nursed in 2014. The plan is to install 1500 surveillance cameras in the 10 Regional headquarters of Cameroon as well as 7 strategic border zones among which features the famous Far North Region border with Nigeria, which is frequently molested by Boko Haram jihadists.
An experimental phase of this project went functional one year ago, mainly used for official ceremonies. It was used during the last women African cup of Nations that Cameroon hosted from the 19 of November, to the 3rd of December 2016.
Earlier this year in mid February, a Chinese firm, Huawei technologies, signed an agreement with the Cameroon government for the installation of this very system in some key locations in the Yaounde city. This same enterprise will provide 2000 transmitters and receivers equipped with cameras. They will equally make available 9 command and information rooms with a National system of communication and a managing system of emergency calls.
The Cameras shall be powered using electrical energy as well as solar energy.
Images taken by this Cameras, will eventually be transmitted to the General Delegation for National Security where they will be stored for future use in case of an investigation or in any circumstance where need be.