Cameroon: Opportunity Meets Preparation in Housing Sector
The housing deficit in Cameroon is significant. The Government of Cameroon has highlighted the need to construct an estimated one million homes in the next 5-10 years to meet the housing needs of a growing population that is increasingly urbanised. A Prime Ministerial circular of 2014 – strengthening the provisions of an earlier 2007 circular – has compelled contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings across the country. This has led to a partnership between the Local Material Promotion Authority (MIPROMALO) and the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP) to popularize and promote the use of local materials by construction companies. Local construction materials such as gravel, sand, clay and lime as well as dimension stones are poised to play a crucial role in meeting the local housing demand; and supporting the transition of Cameroon into a middle-income economy.