Gabon Town To Host Transborder Peace Centre HQ

The town of Oyem in the Woleu-Ntem province of Gabon has been chosen to host the headquarter of the “Youths As Weavers of Peace In Central Africa” project.

The project is financed by the United Nations Peace Consolidation Fund and would last 24 months.

The initiative is intended to thwart the increasing insecurity and criminality on the frontiers of Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea due to the insufficiency of public services, economic opportunities and citizen participation in activities.

The project which is envisaged to go operational in January 2021 is financed to the tune of US$4 million (2.2 billion FCFA) provided by the United Nations Organisation Secretary General’s Fund for the Consolidation of Peace.

Of this amount,  845.6 million FCFA would go to Gabon and the rest would be shared between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

The project would create a network of 1,800 youths aged between 18 and 35 years to actively participate in the consolidation of peace within the trans-border regions of the three countries through the prevention of instability linked notably to illicit traffic.

It would also recruit 160 conceivers of social enterprise projects as well as income-generating activities.

It is hoped that by the end of the project, it would have contributed towards the putting in place of several objectives of durable development including 16 projects on questions related to the consolidation of peace and the prevention of conflicts.

Five of the projects aimed at young girls, three projects related to COVID-19, 13 projects based on the fight against climate change and 15 projects related to the preservation of the environment.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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