Recommendations of the 11th Civil Engineering technical Day in Cameroon
The central theme of the 11th Civil Engineering Technical Day organised in Douala, on February 1, 2019, was: «Local urban development and support to decentralization».
In attendance to the day were top officials of the administration, civil society representatives, economic operators and many hundreds of Civil Engineers.
At the end of the fruitful exchanges and discussions that punctuated the various communications delivered the following resolutions and/or recommendations were made to the different players of decentralization which has, in the course of the past months, received a boost:
- The Council of the Order of Civil Engineers of Cameroon is called upon to get closer to the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Development in order to contribute and participate to the effective implementation of decentralization.
- Engineers are encouraged to commit themselves and get involved into initiatives undertaken by decentralized territorial units in view to put in place innovative strategies and approaches for the financing of infrastructure with an impact on the economic and social development of their territory.
- The Order shall pursue its advocacy work for the profession vis-à-vis public authorities and all actors in the construction process with a view to include Engineers in the design, planning, programming and execution of development projects.
- The Council of the Order is invited to urge Government to introduce teaching modules on decentralization and local development in the initial training of Engineers.
- Engineers recommend that the Council of the Order should put in place a continuous training system for the development of their capacity and skills in the fields of decentralization and local development. This will enable them actually play their role as consulting Engineer to decentralized territorial units.
- The Council of the Order is called upon to create awareness among public authorities and project owners in the maintenance and upkeep of local infrastructure.
- The Council of the Order must remind the supervisory authority of the process for the approval of natural and legal persons willing to exercise the profession on a private basis in the area of infrastructure and ensure follow-up of such process. This will provide the Order a reliable data file that will be put at the disposal of decentralised territorial units.