The PCC proposes housing cooperatives to the Ministry in charge of housing as a strategy to curb the social housing crisis in Cameroon

On Wednesday 12 November 2013, a working session was held at the Department of Social Housing and Real Estate Development (DHSPI) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Cameroon, to study opportunities for creating housing cooperatives in Cameroon with the establishment of Mixed Development Zones (ZAC). This project for the creation of housing cooperatives was proposed by the PCC whose delegation to this occasion included Ibrahim NDOUR, the Executive Secretary and GBEDJISSOKPA Gabriel, the Director of Programmes and Projects. 

The Department of Social Housing and Real Estate Development on the other hand was represented by Jean Pierre NAMENE, Service Head for Public Programmes and Social Housing and Colette ABANG a senior official in the Department of Social Housing and secretary of the meeting.

The lone item on the agenda of this session was discussion of the project of creation of housing cooperatives in Cameroon with the Department for Social Housing. 

The PCC after presenting its delegation unveiled its project to its hosts of the ministry. This presentation that was based on a PowerPoint synthesis document highlighted several issues including the definition of housing cooperatives, the target group, how to create the cooperative society and how it works, responsibilities of the government in the establishment and development of the housing cooperatives, the responsibilities of concessionary companies in the development of areas of implantation of housing cooperatives, management bodies of the programme, the achievement of cooperative housing and the impact of the programme on urbanization.

Following the presentation of the programme by the PCC delegation and some clarifications made on concerns raised by the representatives of DHSPI, the Service head for the Management of Public Programmes and Social Housing observed that this proposal was useful to curb the social housing crisis faced by our country in recent years and which is more pronounced in the urban centres of Cameroon. After making a list of wishes, SGPPHS announced that he will forward the file to his hierarchy alongside the minutes of the meeting that will certainly contain additional arguments in favour of the project.

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