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Cameroon allocates 2 to 4 times more resources to general administration costs than most countries

Business in Cameroon | The Cameroonian government dedicated an unevenly part of its budget to general administration and financial functions compared to most comparable countries, the World Bank said in a recent report on Cameroon’s public spending.

The Bretton Woods institution said Cameroon granted 2 to 4 times more resources for general administration and costs than the other oil exporters.

For example, countries (in regional comparison) such as Senegal, Kenya and Mali spent 6.1% (2014), 9% (2010) and 10% (2015) of their public budgets on this category of expenditure respectively, compared to 19% in Cameroon (2015).

“The Armenian government is the only non-oil exporting country among the countries of comparison whose general administration expenses are similar to those of Cameroon,” the Bank points out.

However, the report indicates that the share of general government expenditure in Cameroon’s total expenditure is characteristic of oil-exporting countries, particularly in the sub-Saharan African region.

Angola, for example, spent 20.4% of total public expenditure on general public services and administration in 2015. Côte d’Ivoire spent a very large share of GDP (36.4%) on general and financial public administration in 2014.

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27 comments

  1. Makes sense, doesn’t it- public administration being the nation’s biggest industry?

  2. Of course, while progressive nations allocate considerable budget on R&D which constitute the backbone of innovation, cost savings and Human Capital generation, the senile octogenarian allocate his budget compassing of borrowed monies to his tribal cabal lined up in his administration. They expect compensation too after doing everything to rig elections for the old head and set the country in a path of self destruction. Ambazonia must come out of this incompetence to join progressive nations in the quest of living cost reduction through appropriate budget allocations.

  3. Of course, while progressive nations allocate considerable budget on R&D which constitute the backbone of innovation, cost savings and Human Capital generation, the senile octogenarian allocate his budget compassing of borrowed monies to his tribal cabal lined up in his administration. They expect compensation too after doing everything to rig elections for the old head and set the country in a path of self destruction. Ambazonia must come out of this incompetence to join progressive nations in the quest of living cost reduction through appropriate budget allocations.

  4. Of course, while progressive nations allocate considerable budget on R&D which constitute the backbone of innovation, cost savings and Human Capital generation, the old man allocate his budget compassing of borrowed monies to his tribal cabal lined up in his government. They expect compensation too after doing everything to rig elections for the old head and set the country in a path of self destruction. Ambazonia must come out of this incompetence to join progressive nations in the quest of living cost reduction through appropriate budget allocations.

  5. The National Interest(TNI)

    Cameroon is a very rich country with a very poor governance.

  6. Such a situation makes a lot of sense given that Administration is the country’s largest industry . Most countries have just one ministry of education with a minister at the helm; Cameroon has six – Basic Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, Technical Education, and two others I can’t quite recall. That takes a substantial financial outlay.

  7. SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

    Dictator Biya will make sure that his subjects are submerged in poverty by 2035.
    The so-called “one and indivisible” LRC is self-destructing under the watch of Dictator Biya. The country is self-destructing by design because of Dictator Biya’s SH*THOLE UNWINNABLE war.

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      1. The so-called Commission on Bilingualism used FCFA 700 million to buy 15 limousines for its members.
      2. The so-called Commission on Disarmament is now also asking for FCFA 700 million to buy SUVs for its members.
      3. The so-called Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) has more Ministers than the US, France and the UK COMBINED
      4. etc

      Little wonder that ” the Cameroonian government dedicated an unevenly part of its budget to general administration and financial functions compared to most comparable countries”

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      **** December 8th, 2016 – December 8th, 2018 ****

      “Today marks exactly two years our people were massacred in Bamenda. Recall that during this time we had no guns not even stones. We had just peace plants and separation was not even on our agenda. We were all shouting Federation. For two years on, they have been killing us yet we still stand strong and it is because of events like these and the war declared by Biya on us that we will NEVER drop our weapons”.

      The so-called Commission on Disarmament should, therefore, be considered as a JOKE IN BAD TASTE.
      Even a fool knows that disarming only comes when hostilities have ceased. As long as LRC terrorists continue to commit genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in SC, there will be ZERO disarmament in SC.

      • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

        The so-called Commission on Disarmament is in the same club with the so-called Commission on Bilingualism.
        The later already used FCFA 700 million to buy 15 limousines. The former has also asked for FCFA 700 million to buy 15 SUVs for the members.
        The Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) of Dictator Biya borrows money to waste on commissions that add ZERO values to resolving the Anglophone Question.
        The HIPC of Dictator Paul Biya even has more ministers than the US, UK and France COMBINED.
        Little wonder that the cost of sustaining the bloated General Administration is astronomical.
        The modus operandi of the HIPC remains BORROW, BORROW and BORROW.

  8. This is the cost of Big Government, put in place as a patronage system for maintain kaiser Biya in power for life. Paris, Beijing and New York city all have one mayor, but Douala has six mayors, each with their own office, budget and staff. Who is fouling who? The worst part is that, we borrow money to finance this huge wage bill, while paying interest on the loan. The retrogative aspect of the french education system is alarming.

    • @A. Agbor
      Nice comment, sir, and very perceptive too. Indeed I posted something similar more than 24 hours ago. Clearly the webmaster/web administrator is taking his sweet time to post it here.

      Douala is surely a microcosm of Cameroon, a beautiful reflection of what Britain’s Lord Acton had to say about power – power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Worse still, when power is combined into one hand that lacks vision.
      Entry into Douala is a nightmare as seen even in the brand new Wouri bridge. Why force travellers from all of SW, NW and West to use one bridge whereas the new bridge could have been sighted at Makepe to ease congestion? Why destroy PowerCam in the SW whereas other regions should have been encouraged to erect their own power supply? The urge to concentrate

    • Don’t you fellows ever get tired of this unending lamentation? How better is the so-called Anglo-Saxon education system in Cameroon? What if Douala has ten mayors? Who said Paris, New York, Beijing were the universal standard of societal organisation?

      By the way, what exactly is retrogative? Could you explain this new concept? Use simple words, my friend… High-sounding words will only get you confused.

      • CAF has withdrawn THE HOSTING RIGHTS OF THE 2019 CAF cup from Cameroun .Is this not retrogression?

        • There’s a difference between RETROGRESSION and ‘RETROGATIVE’ which is a non existent word that was used by your friend. You ought to have started by acknowledging that blunder and save yourself from intellectual dishonesty.

          You are free to interpret CAF’s decision as you want. I call it DISQUALIFICATION purely and simply. However, unlike you, I see it as a CRITICAL JUNCTURE, as we say in institutionalism. I know what it represents and so I take it as a virtue. If you have any questions pose them.

      • @Ras Tuge, the francophones have a high power distance culture where government authorities are seen as god chosen.

        When you have 6 mayors for a city, you pay 6 times the salaries for city administration. You rent 6 offices, instead of one. The end product is that you have little money left to carry out projects or provide residents with basic services.

        Now a nation is a product of the skills and resources that it builds. The francophone education system in based on 20th century French system. It doesn’t produce the skills that the market demands. That is why francophones are overwhelming Anglophone schools. Even the Anglophone schools are underfunded and do not meet 21st century standards.

        • I think you are underestimating the so-called Francophones as you overrate the so-called Anglophone schools…. but you are free to constrain your thinking.

  9. Obviously no one standard of governance is the best; not democracy, not totalitarianism, not nepotism, not socialism, not capitalism…name all the isms. However a successful government is seen by the quality of its competitiveness and services, the well being of its citizens. Cameroon is a failed state by all counts. Cameroon has one of the most congested governments of any kind on Earth, which doesn’t make sense considering that even world powers with much broader portfolios to manage have a reduced government structure. Clearly we can see that these economies are performing better than the dead trap in Cameroon. A country priding 5 Africa cups of nations but have been disgraced in front of the world by its inability to host the CAN. We cry because we know it could have been otherwise.

    • ‘What if Douala has ten mayors? Who said Paris, New York, Beijing were the universal standard of societal organisation?’

      My assertion above is what your rather sheepish comment was alluding to and I am called upon to provide some guidance. To begin with, I mentioned SOCIETAL ORGANIZATION and not GOVERNANCE as you improperly state.

      You want to make believe that you saw my comment but did not REALLY read it. So what if I told you that I read your comment but I did not NECESSARILY see it? Strange, huh? You see man, the difference between a layman and an intellectual is that a layman is trapped in unending lamentation while the intellectual is responsive to exigencies. Thus, when the layman submits himself to counterfactual reasoning and resignation, the intellectual envisions possibilities.

    • Like I have always said, unfamiliarity with issues remains the bane of our progress as African people. Everybody wants to have an opinion even in domains wherein their knowledge is wanting. You see, the problem we have is not necessarily about what you describe as CONGESTED GOVERNMENT which is simply an effect.

      Rather, it is about a triad of facts: questionable expertise, political opportunism and bad faith. In this regard, you could transpose even the most ‘REDUCED GOVERNMENT’ from paradise into the Cameroonian structure and the results may even be worse!

      Now, let me briefly correct a few things you mentioned: when you speak of governance, you are referring to a NETWORK. Democracy, totalitarianism, nepotism, socialism, capitalism are POLITICAL SYSTEMS. Never mix these things up.

  10. They don’t see wetti! They wanted to organize an African wide Event and Marginalize North-West Region as Usual. God Answered the Prayers of the Bamenda Man. Winner go Count winner Loses for all that White Elephant Project them. Inconsiderate Bastards, Backward thinking people. Everyday we hear Cameroon is one and Indivisible but Their actions speak louder than their Words.

    qu’ont-ils vu? Ils voulaient organiser un événement à l’échelle africaine et marginaliser la région du Nord-Ouest comme d’habitude. Dieu a répondu aux prières de l’homme Bamenda. Vous devriez y aller et compter vos pertes pour tous les projets fantômes. Bâtards inconsidérés. Gens arriérés. Chaque jour, nous entendons que le Cameroun est un et indivisible.Mais leurs actions parlent

  11. from careful observation,i think cameroon has the highest culturally alienated people in the african diaspora. it has internalized self distruction as a normal way of life.if not,how can people be so critical of the only place they can call home?on what do they count?america,france,england and canada from where they write?
    no matter what is going on in ones homeland,it is home.one must look for what is good in it,talk about and project a good image of it.all this should be independent of who is president.it is land inherited from our ancestors,we must cherish,improve protect and pass to the next generation in better condition.the sacrefise of our ancestors to protect our land from brutal thieves makes it an obligation for us to always talk good about it.

  12. no country is perfect,french people are burning the arc de triomphe that was build in 1945 as a symbole of thier independence after the european war that saw them butcher each other.of course thier politicians are incompetent and corrupt,but after burning it down they still have to use thier money to rebuild it.there is no free land to conquer militarily,exterminate its people and repopulate with aryans like they did in the last 500 years.so come what home is home,no amount of frustration is enough to justify the africa bashing and the everyday lamentation here.when libanese,chinese and indians install in douala to do business,they dont care who is president.infact some do not know the presidents name.but does it hold them from making money?

  13. EMBA BOYS WANT TO FINISH THE POPULATION THEY WILL GOVERN TOMORROW , BEFORE THEY PUT DOWN ARMS. THIS IS A VERY PATHETIC SITUATION.

    WHEN THE WAR IS WON , NO POPULATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT, THEN CAMEROON WILL FINALLY BE ONE. I WILL THEN MOVE IN AND CHOOSE A NICE PIECE OF LAND FOR MYSELF.

    ******PLEASE DO NOT STOP UNTILL ALL YOUR POPULATION ARE FINISH **** PLEASE I BEG…

  14. Quand Dieu répond aux prières du peuple Bamenda, Yaoundé est dans le pétrin. Les conséquences ne font que commencer! Comment le cameroun peut-il organiser la Coupe d’Afrique des Nations et Marginaliser Bamenda.La plus grande ville anglophone du pays et le lieu de naissance du parti dirigeant et du principal parti d’opposition. Comment cela démontre-t-il que le Cameroun est un et indivisible?