Cameroon plans to spend CFA348.9 billion on defense and security issues in 2022. This amount, which represents 10.80% of the total state budget, is the third-largest sector spending after the social (CFA1,133 billion) and productive infrastructure (CFA1,057) sectors.
Compared to last year, the government is investing over CFA30 billion more in the security sector this year. Although high, the 2022 investment is down compared to 2018 (CFA370.6 billion), 2019 (CFA385 billion) and 2020 (CFA397.1 billion).
In his New Year address to the nation, President Paul Biya reaffirmed his firm stance against "the perpetrators and sponsors" of the killings in the Northwest and Southwest. He said the government will continue to maintain a military presence in these two regions. In August 2018, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated the monthly expenses related to operations in the Anglophone regions at more than CFA6 billion per month.
In the Far North, the Cameroonian army is fighting Boko Haram attacks. Troops are also deployed to secure the Bakassi peninsula in the southwest and to secure the eastern border where Central African rebels are active.
Michel Ange Nga