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Cameroon Cabinet Meeting 30 August 2013

Cameroon Cabinet Meeting 30 August 2013

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Cameroon Cabinet Meeting with His Excellency Yang Philemon, Prime Minister
Cameroon Cabinet Meeting with His Excellency Yang Philemon, Prime Minister

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 Peace-Work-Fatherland ------------
Yaounde, 39 August 2013
Prime Minister, Head of Government, Mr Philemon YANG,
todayThursday 29 August 2013 as from 11:00 a.m., chaired a Cabinet Meeting in the
Prime Minister’s Office. In attendance were the
Vice Prime Minister, Ministers of State, Ministers, Ministers-Delegate and Secretaries of State.Three items featured on the agenda:
A statement of the Minister for Small and Medium size Enterprises, SocialEconomy and Handicrafts, on:
“Government’s polic
y on the migration of informal sector enterprises to the formal economy
A report of the Minister for Housing and Urban Development on:
theimplementation of instructions of the Cabinet Meeting of 30 March 2010to prepare town planning documents and carry out urban renovationoperations
An enquiry point by the Minister-Delegate at the Presidency of the Republicin charge of Public Contracts, on:
adjustments introduced in the publicprocurement system by Decree No. 2013/271 of 5 August 2013 to amendand supplement certain provisions of Decree No. 2012/074 of 8 March2012 related to the creation, organization and functioning of Tenders
 The statement by the Minister for Small and Medium size Enterprises, SocialEconomy and Handicrafts centred on
Government policy on the migration of informal sector enterprises to the formal economy.
It showed that this is animportant production segment in Cameroon. According to figures obtained from the National Institute of Statistics, this sector in 2005 accounted for 80% of the labour force, contributing up to 45% of GDP and growing at 5% yearly. However, informal production units, corresponding to over 2.5 million enterprises, are based mainly inrural areas and in the cities of Douala and Yaoundé. In addition to beinguncompetitive, they face serious problems of financing and marketing of their  products.Recently, the Government undertook to encourage their migration to the formaleconomy by structuring handicrafts on the one hand and facilitating business set-upformalities on the other hand.The organization of the handicrafts sector is at two levels
legal and operational
to enable it serve as a recipient for non agricultural informal sector stakeholders.The Minister indicated that the State
multi-faceted support to operators who accept
to formalize their activities will include: advice and basic information, individualmanagerial support, collective technical support, technological assistance as well asfinancial and commercial assistance.
Craftsmen’s registers,
ultimatelycomplemented by professional cards, will be operational in all councils by the endof the year. To complement these tools of migration to the formal economy,stakeholders will be sensitized and handicraft villages built
six of them will becommissioned by the end of 2013. Since 2010, five business set-up formalitycentres are operational in Yaoundé, Douala, Bamenda, Bafoussam and Garoua.Those in Limbe, Ebolowa and Maroua will be operational by the end of the year. Todate, over 16,593 enterprises have been registered including 8,380 in Yaoundé,7,403 in Douala, 212 in Garoua, 299 in Bamenda and 299 in Bafoussam.Registration in these specialized centres is not only cheaper but, above all, conferstax benefits.
Lastly, the Minister mentioned the establishment of approved managementcentres which allow for better monitoring of informal sector operations andannounced the imminent commissioning of the Small and Medium Size EnterprisesPromotion Agency, created by the President of the Republic on 3 April 2013, aswell as the SME Bank.After the ensuing discussions, the Head of Government asked the Minister for Small and Medium size Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts to fast-track the construction and commissioning of handicraft villages and to assign to hiscompetent services annual objectives for the effective migration of operators to theformal economy. Next to be recognized was the Minister for Housing and Urban Developmentreporting on the implementation of instructions received during the Cabinet Meetingof 30 March 2010 for the revitalization of urban planning in towns of 100,000 or more inhabitants, urban renovation and restructuring and training of town planners.He revealed that despite financial constraints, his ministry is working in earnestto implement these instructions. Since 2010, at least 70 localities has a planning programme. The State liaised with city and other councils to design 7 town-planningmaster plans, 8 land occupation plans; 1 sector plan being finalized; 10 preliminary plans. Furthermore, there are plans in the current year to design one town planningmaster plan and 11 land occupation plans and 11 preliminary plans.The Government concentrates its urban renovation and restructuring efforts inYaounde and Douala where identification studies are underway for the appropriatetreatment of poorly structured and equipped neighbourhoods. Concurrently, several

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