“Impact of Covid-19 on the Cameroonian economy. Confinement or protectionism: beyond the emergency, an opportunity to achieve the rupture of our economic model.” This is the title of an analytical note produced by Barnabé Okouda, the Executive Director of the Centre for Analysis and Research on Economic and Social Policies (Camercap), a think-tank related to the Cameroonian government.
Camercap sees the Coronavirus as an opportunity for Cameroon to break with its current economic model. “In the area of education/training, it is more than opportune to extend the practice (complementary or alternative) of distance education and e-learning to the entire education system, both in urban and rural areas and at all levels from kindergarten to higher education. This will require reforming teaching modules by upgrading trainers to guide them in developing the new distance approach in addition to face-to-face teaching using ICT tools,” says Barnabé Okouda.
According to him, in terms of health, social assistance, trade, and distribution, digital means should be a major input and a necessity for their development. Camercap believes that it is necessary to promote telework, and universalize access to electricity while reducing the cost of Internet access in Cameroon. According to Barnabé Okouda, due to a decline in imports during the covid-19 crisis, countries like Cameroon should ensure that they import only the necessary. “This is an opportunity to achieve the break in our economic model through a radical structural transformation,” Okouda concludes.