By Ben Nakomo
Cameroon's national assembly has adopted a bill to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of state budget. This was during the plenary session of Tuesday, December 11, 2007 in Yaounde. The bill is aimed at reforming the state financial and accounting frame work. If promulgated into law, the bill will replace the 1962 ordinance. It reaffirms the powers of the audit courts, and empowers the different stake holders involved in the management of public finance. The bill shall completely overhaul the state accounting core. The bill was defended by the Minister of Finance, Essimi Menye. Still at the National Assembly, another bill to authorise the Head of State to ratify the judicial cooperative agreement with member states of the economic community of central African states was also adopted. According to this bill defended by the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Ahmadou Ali, economic and legal integration will be fostered. This implies that criminals can not take advantage of the absence of boarders between ECCAS member states to commit crimes in one country and escape to another. The adoption of this bill therefore implies there will be no hiding place with the eleven member states of ECCAS as criminals can easily be arrested in one country and extradited to the other. This bill allows Cameroon to take the lead in enshrining regional institutions for the Central African sub-region.
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