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The project aims to clear the city centre, to help the city’s traffic flow and to develop trade in the outskirts in order to curb the phenomenon of migration. It also seeks to offer young people decent trading places and to play a part in teaching them small trades (job creation).
With the burgeoning of migration and rapid swelling of the country’s population, people have set their sights on trade. The city was facing haphazard development of trading spaces on roadsides and pavements, and the whole city centre was invaded by hawkers. The execution of a study and a poll ascertained that the majority were young people between the ages of 18 and 35. Most of them were uneducated and were living in poverty. The Government Delegate to Yaoundé City Council therefore created a space for the explicit resettlement of these young informal-economy traders called the “Village des Jeunes” (Young People’s Village) in a ten- hectare surface area. Thus far, 400 shops, a public laundry, two modern restaurants, a bakery, a chemist’s, gendarmerie headquarters, a police station, a fish pond, carefully landscaped green spaces, reforested areas, a craft centre, a sports and recreational space and a wastewater treatment plant have been established.