Last Friday, Mr Ibrahim Talba Malla, visited the Digital Economy Development Centre located in the Bastos neighbourhood in Yaoundé.
This visit falls within the framework of external control of the implementation of public contracts, in accordance with the provisions of Article 47 of Decree No. 2018/336 of 20 June 2018, on the code of execution of public contracts. Accompanied by a dozen of his close collaborators, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic, in charge of Public Contracts, arrived at this major construction site around 2:30 pm. His visit to this site, which will house the future and futuristic digital centre, began with a brief presentation of its main functions. In his introductory statement, Mr Yves Zahaf, architect and project manager, also talked about the technical design, the state of progress of the works, the layout and the micro planning.
The Minister and his entourage discovered that the centre for the development of digital economy is intended to help young graduates obtain a job related to their training, support project holders in the process of maturing their creations and obtaining financing. Among the various components of the Centre, which embodies the peaks of technological revolution and digital transformation, will be a contact centre, a connected classroom, a 3D prototype laboratory, a digital editing studio, a conference room and a cafeteria.
All these elements are quite innovative and ground-breaking and, together with the progress of the work, will earn the satisfaction of the Minister in charge of Public Contracts and all his collaborators present on the premises. Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla did not fail to commend the respect of procedures and administrative standards in the execution of this public contract.
Before proceeding to the visit of the premises, which will allow visitors to discover the occupancy plan of the building, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic, in charge of Public Contracts asked the stakeholders to resolve the issue of administrative bottlenecks raised and to deliver the work as soon as possible. "So that young Cameroonian entrepreneurs can benefit from this technological masterpiece which is a gift from the Head of State to young Cameroonians. A presidential gesture that will certainly boost our economy and even contribute to the growth of our country ». The Minister made this main recommendation, not without requesting that the documents of the project be transmitted to him as and when needed, for a permanent follow-up of the progress of the work.
Translated by Guy Emadeu
GOOD TO KNOW
The Digital Economy Development Centre is designed to provide young people with complete support in the process of developing digital projects with the aim of creating a viable business. The purpose is to capture, channel, support and promote initiatives and innovations in the field of digital entrepreneurship, by providing project holders with an accessible, flexible and modular working environment, as well as the latest generation of pedagogical, didactic and engineering tools, efficient technical and managerial assistance services and support in the search for funding. This centre appears to be a real catalyst for digital SMEs and is likely to create thousands of new jobs each year. It is therefore the appropriate response of the Government to the Revered Call of the Head of State, regarding support to young ICT project holders.
On a strictly structural level, the CDIC is similar to a specialised incubator with structures such as an incubation unit, a professional training unit and a job portal. It includes several structural entities such as the contact centre, the clean room, the connected classroom, the 3D prototype laboratory, the co-working space, the editing/creation studio, the conference and meeting rooms, and the cafeteria.
As far as its missions are concerned, we can mention awareness-raising among various audiences, the detection and reception of project holders, training and upgrading of project holders, the maturation of projects (support, drafting of business plans, prototyping and models), fundraising for the financing of start-ups, the formalisation and installation of start-ups, the commercial development and competitiveness of start-ups and the organisation of events that are likely to reveal the innovative potential of young Cameroonians.