The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (Minhdu) plans to launch a "pilot cable transport line" in Yaoundé. According to Minhdu Célestine Ketcha Courtès, this project aims to "tackle traffic congestion and improve urban mobility" in the city.
In preparation for this aerial urban mobility project, on July 4th, the Minhdu held a meeting with a delegation from the French company MND, a major player in cable transport.
"This third meeting [...] focused on the schedule for the deployment of MND France teams [...] for all technical and financial studies, which will be finalized by the end of 2023," tweeted the government official. Like many large cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Yaoundé is currently facing significant mobility challenges due to rapid population growth and poorly controlled and sometimes haphazard urbanization. Authorities are seeking solutions to decongest traffic in the country's major cities.
In Yaoundé, it is reported that Minhdu and the Urban Community of Yaoundé (CUY) are considering launching a project to build a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network. The project, announced in 2019, aims to address the lack of a mass urban transportation system in the capital. SBBC has learned that the study phases are ongoing, with "already noticeable interest" from certain investors.
Before the BRT, the construction of a tramway line in the capital was announced as a solution to the mass transportation problem in the city. A memorandum of understanding was even signed between the Cameroonian government and a Belgian company in April 2014. However, the project is yet to materialize nine years later.