The State of Rural Roads in Cameroon
by Achiri Mongo

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
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Jan 15, 2010
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222
 
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Many of Cameroon's citizens live in remote rural areas of the country. Their lives are plagued by extreme poverty, and they are further thwarted from improving their economic lot by the lack of traversable rural roadways, limiting their safe and efficient access to markets. The government of Cameroon, through long-standing policy and planning decisions, has perpetuated the paucity of traversable roads, particularly in rural areas. This has a profound and negative effect on the economy of the country, particularly in areas most in need of economic growth.



Not only are the roads in Cameroon limited in number, but those that exist are poorly maintained-if at all-and in a state of continual deterioration. Research shows that improved roads will lessen the cost and time of transportation, the expense of maintaining vehicles, and the cost of goods and services. These effects will, in turn, improve the economy of the country and better serve the public interest.



Decision-makers must embark on far-reaching measures to increase the supply and efficiency of roads in Cameroon by abolishing deeply entrenched political relationships, addressing the problems of structural weaknesses, and establishing politically neutral and competent institutions.



The State of Rural Roads in Cameroon demonstrates through careful research and documentation that without these measures, living conditions for most of the people in the country will continue to decline.

Not only are the roads in Cameroon limited in number, those which exist are poorly maintained-if at all-and exist in a condition of continuing deterioration. These practices indicate that a weak policy and regulatory framework, interference with responsible decision making, and conflicting public sector management strategies have led to narrowly conceived road development efforts. Research also shows that solutions to sustainable road development require dismantling and abolishing future deeply entrenched political relationships, addressing the problems of structural weaknesses, and establishing politically neutral and competent institutions.

Failure to adequately invest in roads in Cameroon has impeded the cross-sectional benefits of roads and has severely restricted the effective functioning of economic and social frameworks, particularly in light of achieving the poverty-reduction strategy of Millennium Development Goals. This book demonstrates that improved roads will lessen the cost and time of transportation, the expense of maintaining vehicles, and the cost of goods and services. These effects will, in turn, improve the economy of the country and better serve the public interest.

 
The government of Cameroon, through longstanding policy and planning decisions, has perpetuated the paucity of traversable roads, particularly in rural areas. This practice continues to have a profound and negative effect on the economy of the country, particularly in areas most in need of economic growth. Many of those in remote rural areas of the country exist in profound poverty and lack safe and efficient access to markets--essentially preventing them from improving their economic lot.

Not only are the roads in Cameroon limited in number, those which exist are poorly maintained—if at all—and exist in a condition of continuing deterioration. These practices indicate that a weak policy and regulatory framework, interference with responsible decision making, and conflicting public sector management strategies have led to narrowly conceived road development efforts. Research also shows that solutions to sustainable road development require dismantling and abolishing future deeply entrenched political relationships, addressing the problems of structural weaknesses, and establishing politically neutral and competent institutions.

Failure to adequately invest in roads in Cameroon has impeded the cross-sectional benefits of roads and has severely restricted the effective functioning of economic and social frameworks, particularly in light of achieving the poverty-reduction strategy of Millennium Development Goals. This book demonstrates that improved roads will lessen the cost and time of transportation, the expense of maintaining vehicles, and the cost of goods and services. These effects will, in turn, improve the economy of the country and better serve the public interest.


About Achiri Mongo

Achiri E. Mongo is a business manager/consultant and entrepreneur. He is the president and co-founder of Trinity Resources Group, Inc. and Eagle Pharmacy, Inc. Dr. Mongo holds several degrees: a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, Minnesota; an MBA in Management from the University of Phoenix, San Jose, California; and a BS in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.

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