In the Eastern region, 59 villages will be connected to the electricity network thanks to the rural electrification project PERACE implemented by the rural electrification agency AER. According to state media Cameroon Tribune, the construction phase of that CFAF3.2 billion project will begin once the compensation phase is over.
PERACE was launched in 2018, to boost access to electricity in six underserved regions, notably the Far North, North, Adamaoua, South West, North West, and East. The project is co-financed by the World Bank (the largest contributor with nearly CFAF85 billion), the European Union, and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
It provides for rural electrification by extending networks and connecting 687 villages, which should improve living conditions for almost 1.7 million inhabitants and some 370,000 households. According to the Minister of Water and Energy (Minee), Gaston Eloundou Essomba, the project will ultimately involve the installation of 163,000 subsidized meters, in collaboration with Eneo, the project's operational arm.
Last May, electric utility Eneo said that in the first quarter of 2023, 25,000 households were connected to the electricity grid in the framework of PERACE. According to the AER, less than 22% of Cameroonian communities have access to electricity and, this project could improve supply in the six target regions. It is part of the Cameroonian government's commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 7, which aims to guarantee access for all to reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services at an affordable cost by 2030.