ECA International, a specialized firm listed Yaoundé as one of the 10 most expensive cities for expatriates in Africa in its 2016 list published in 14 December.
Yaoundé, Cameroon’s political capital is on the 9th spot of the said list with Ndjamena, capital of Chad as the 10th. Others on the list are Luanda, capital of Angola which is the 2nd worldwide for most expensive cities and the 1st in Africa, Khartoum (Sudan), Kinshasa (DRC), Libreville (Gabon), Pointe Noire (Congo), Conakry (Guinea, Brazzaville (Congo), and Abidjan (Cote d’lvoire).
Globally, the most expensive city for expatriates is Tokyo (Japan), seconded by Luanda (Angola). Other cities in the global level are Zurich (Switzerland), Geneva (Switzerland), Yokohama (Japan), Basel (Switzerland), Nagoya (Japan), Bern (Switzerland), Osaka (Japan), and Kinshasa (DRC).
ECA’s basis for calculating for the cost of living index is the usual shopping basket which includes food, leisure services, household products, restaurants and clothes prices and also tobacco and alcohol. The computations were made using American dollars. Car purchases, public services, rent, and school fees are not included.
However, the ranking made by ECA is totally different from the list published by the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) of Cameroon wherein the most expensive city in the country was rather Buea (capital of South-West region) during the first 6 months of 2016.