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Huawei Thrives in Cameroon as it comes under Trump’s Hammer

National Times (Yaounde) – China’s telecommunications giant Huawei is thriving in Cameroon, amidst an ongoing battle between the firm and west.

Last month, Huawei and CAMTEL unveiled Cameroon’s national command centre for video surveillance facility, part of the country’s Intelligent City Project.

The centre, implemented by Huawei, was formally introduced by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on 22 August 2019.

Huawei, the principal technology partner of state-run CAMTEL, provided the infrastructure for the transmission of the footage to the Centre. The Centre also runs off Huawei equipment.

The project is part of Huawei’s expansive plans in Africa, as it battles to stay afloat amidst sanctions from the US, and other major US allies.

In May, President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring US companies from using information and communications technology from anyone considered a national security threat and declared a national emergency on the matter. The move was widely viewed as being aimed at Huawei.

The same day, the Commerce Department placed Huawei and 70 of its affiliates on its “Entity List,” which is basically a trade blacklist that bars anyone on it from buying parts and components from US companies without the government’s approval. In reaction, a number of US firms began to back away from their business with Huawei.

The US decision has significantly affected Huawei’s operations, and profits.

Turning to developing countries like Cameroon, may sooth Huawei in the long term, but the big dollars are currently in the west.

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