Belgian company, Préfarail wants to give Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, its first ever tramway.
The memorandum of understanding for the project was signed in late April between the Cameroonian Minister of Economy, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, and the managing director of Belgian tramway builders, Prefarails, Joseph Rode.
Under the deal, the first line of the tramway will be set up in Yaoundé over a distance of 50 km at a cost of 491 billion CFA francs. The electric trains could carry 258 passengers.
A BOT model (Build-Operate-Transfer) will be used, meaning that the project will be financed in its entirety by Préfarail, which will then manage it for an undisclosed period of time before handing it over to the State once it has recouped its money.
It is hoped the tramway will help alleviate the major mass-transit problems that Yaoundé, in particular, and other towns and cities have been facing since the urban transport company, SOTUC (Société des transports urbains du Cameroun) went bankrupt in the 1990s.
The urban community of Yaoundé is setting up a monitoring committee to manage the project.
Afterwards Préfarail also plans to build the same infrastructure in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital, Business in Cameroon reported.