Key points of this assembly

The Centre National de Promotion des Echanges (CNPE) held its ordinary general meeting on 23 February in Yaoundé, in the presence of its American partner Onatech Groupe, an American company specialising in agri-food and international trade, which came to present the business opportunities offered by the North American markets for local products and the “Made in Cameroon” label.

The main aim of the General Assembly was to change the status of the Economic Interest Association (AIE) to that of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a social and legal focus on commercial partnerships, economic diplomacy and business advocacy as a Business Support Organisation (BSO), in particular SMEs, cooperatives and ICGs.

Onatech Group, based in the United States and headed by Doriant Kamsu, expressed its willingness to support young Cameroonian entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector, by offering them training on American standards, exporting and product labelling. “There are programmes in the United States that finance products, especially when they are promising. There are US government programmes that make it easier to import and export products. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve come to Cameroon to try and find out how we can help all those who want to get started and target the American market”, says the head of the company. Onatech’s aim is to create

During the General Assembly, the CNPE presented its past results and its development prospects for 2024-2029, as well as the timetables for the economic and trade promotion events it will be organising internationally in 2024.

The CNPE contributes to the promotion of the Cameroonian economy by providing assistance to companies in international trade operations and the development of entrepreneurship in the trade, industry, crafts and small trades sectors. It aims to promote exports and partnerships through economic management, to assist and support economic operations in terms of communication and economic information, and to help strengthen cooperation and partnership relations with organisations working in the fields of trade and investment promotion, among others.

The CNPE provided information on events likely to be of interest to SMEs:

The Business Development Forum, AMAFOR FORUM 2023, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Regional Investment Forum (AIM) in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), from 29 to 31 March 2022; 16th Trade Fair of the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from 07 to 13 April 2019, Baghdad, Republic of Iraq; Social and Solidarity Economy Fair of the Member States of the OIC from 28 September to 7 October 2018, Abidjan-Republic of COTE D’IVOIR. 

The CNPE took part in various workshops and working meetings as part of its trade promotion and supervision of business players. These included:

  • 28 January 2022: Virtual training workshop on the organisation of trade fairs by ICDT expert Karl Miville from Chene, Canada ;
  • 02-03 March 2022 : Virtual training workshop on food export strategies for Cameroonian companies by ICDT;
  • 16-16 February 2022: Determination of export prices by ICDT expert Professor Kacem TAJ from Morocco.

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