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The Central African Centre for Libertarian Thought and Action is born. Join us in our vision and mission, by Chofor Che


CACLiTA known as the Central African Centre for Libertarian thought and Action is a Central African Region based think tank grounded on free market ideals and limited government. This think tank is envisaged to be headquatered in Yaoundé, the political Capital of Cameroon, though for the moment the team still works from home.

CACALiTA’s vision is to be the premier Centre for freemarket oriented and Liberal policy analysis, education and reform in the Central African region. Furnishing governments, organisations and individuals with evidence based policy alternatives is part of our vision.

CACLiTA’s mission is to advocate for free market ideals especially in the water sector, the air transport sector and the energy and power sectors. Of course CACLiTA aims to reshape policy in the above mentioned sectors by clamouring for a change in governance. Drawing on developments in other parts of Africa and the world to strengthen the political and economic atmosphere in the Central African region, especially in states like Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic,Gabon, Congo Brazaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is part of our mission.

CACLiTA seeks to reach out to policy actors in the public and private sector, politicians and academics. At a later stage CACLiTA will also reach out to university students in a bid to reshape thier thinking on how to influence policy in the above mentioned sectors.

CACLiTA thus intends to add value via workshops, the production of policy briefs and media debates by engaging policy actors from both the public and private sectors to brainstorm on how to improve the the water sector, the air transport sector and the energy and power sectors. In the long run CACLiTA will be able to influence the way politicians, public and private actors and academics think with respect to adequate privatisation in the water sector, the air transport sector and the energy and power sectors.

Our Team
CACLiTA has two major experts who have researched widely in the water sector, the air transport sector and the energy and power sectors. Chofor Che is the lead expert of CACLiTA who was a Cato Institute intern in the fall of 2003 and currently an associate of the Africanliberty.org initiative, an African focused libertarian and free market initiative. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Pretoria and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His works have appeared at Africanliberty.org, Le Martin, Libreafrique.org, NextAfrique, ContrePoints, Afrik-news.com and Algérie-focus.com. He was also a parnelist at the World Congress on Local and Regional Government Leaders which took place in Morocco from the 1 to the 4 of October 2014.

Ananga Michael Ananga is a Senior Corporate Counsel at C.S.P.H (The Hydrocarbons Prices Stabilization Fund). He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University School of Law, in Boston, MA where he specialized in Corporate Finance law. He thereafter interned at Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, VA while preparing for the New York State Bar Exam and later was a full associate at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, GA working on Corporate and Securities Law issues in the Business Practicing Group. In 2007, he relocated to Cameroon and started working at CSPH. With such a rich pool of experts, CACLiTA is able to convey the message of improving the water sector, the air transport sector and the energy and power sectors in the Central African region.

Our Partners
CACLiTA will thus have the opportunity to collaborate with regional think tanks like the Ghanian based IMANI Ghana and the South African based Free Market Foundation. CaCLiTA envisages to organise workshops and student seminars with the Moroccan based LibreAfrique.org.

Our international board of advisers include celebrated libertarians like Franklin Cudjoe, Dan McLaughlin, Joe Shepherd and Dr. Emmanuel Martin.

CACLiTA also thanks the Atlas Economic Research Foundation especially staff like Dr. Tom G Palmer and Cindy Cerquitella for harnessing this dream and nouturing it with support.

CACLiTA thus calls on all lovers of liberty and free markets especially those in the United States of America, Europe and Africa to join in the mission of CACLiTA. We will thus be grateful with whatever assistance you can offer including technical advice, financial and material assistance; you can give us to advocate for liberty and free markets in the Central African region.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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More action needed towards true liberalisation of the electricity sector in Cameroon, by Chofor Che, 14 May 2014


Cameroon has been hit by serious power outages for a decade now. The rural areas in the country have suffered most from these serious power outages. The situation is worse even in the capital city Yaoundé. According to the lone public electricity provider, AES Sonel, which has for a long time enjoyed monopoly within the electricity sector, the power outages have been as a result of maintenance operations being conducted on the country’s electrical network. According to Cameroon Report dated 12 May 2015, this is indeed paradoxical for a state which is ranked as the second country in sub Saharan Africa with a great potential in producing hydroelectricity. It is indeed amazing to know that Cameroonian legislation has evolved towards the direction of liberalisation. Cameroon Journal reveals that in 2010, Parliament enacted a law liberalising the electricity supply sector. But since the enactment of the law, the situation has become worse. Does it only suffice to enact laws without any concrete action while a majority of the population and business continue to suffer because of lack of adequate electricity supply?

It is obvious that for over a decade of increasing state control, Cameroon has had an industry that has served vested interests rather than the consumer’s interest. Despite the power shortages, electricity prices in Cameroon before taxes are higher than the average of other states on the continent. Electricity could be around 50 percent more cheaper without government interventions.

State authorities recently revealed that it was high time to get small and medium sizes (SMEs) involved in the electricity sector in Cameroon. According to Cameroon Report, of a population of 23 million inhabitants, only 850 000 are connected to the national electricity grid, thus a coverage of just 6 to 7 per cent of the national territory.

Cameroonians wonder whether the precarious electricity quagmire would one day change for the better especially as the state has been long involved in projects like the Lom Panger dam project and the hydroelectric projects of Memve’ele and Mekin, to no avail. Jean Pierre Kedi, Director General of the Electricity Regulations Agency (l’Agence de régulation du secteur de l’électricité) opines that Cameroon can solve this precarious electricity deficiency if SMEs are indeed involved in the sector. Cameroon Report adds that the Cameroonian government has partnered with the European Union and consultants such as InvestElec to make sure that SMEs get involved in alternative sources of electricity supply especially renewable energy. Workshops were even organised in Yaoundé from the 7 to the 11 of April 2014, to train actors of SMEs interested in getting firsthand knowledge on how to get involved in investment opportunities in the electricity supply sector.

African libertarians like Adedayo Thomas and Oyenuga argue that it is necessary for central governments to devolve decision making in the area of electricity supply to other stakeholders. Liberalisation in the electricity sector will thus bring in more stakeholders and trigger competition for better services.

It is thus a laudable idea to rethink the electricity supply strategy of the state. It is obvious that the European Union and InvestElec are going to pump in a lot of money to alleviate the situation. If there is no strict control of corrupt practices of state agents called upon to supervise the usage of these funds to usher in SMEs into electricity management, then the operation will be a waste of time and poor Cameroonians will continue to remain in darkness. Workshops such as that organised from the 7 to the 11 of April 2014 in Yaoundé will have no impact. There is need for the state to thus liberalise the electricity sector and give the opportunity equally for foreign companies to invest in solar energy and biomass energy especially in the rural areas. Only such measures will better the situation of Cameroonians as well as foreign investors who need electricity to alleviate poverty and move the state towards an emerging economy.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Africa Development

 

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