Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

2 June 2004

Cameroon: Ekoko Mukete, Vice President of the Cameroon Chamber of Commerce assesses the trade mission to the U.K.

interview

How profitable to Cameroon is or will be the trade mission organised by the Chamber of Commerce to the United Kingdom?

Two months ago the Head of State during his visit to the U.K. promised the British community of an immanent visit to the U.K, of a Cameroonian business delegation. Against this backdrop, instructions were given to the Chamber of Commerce to organise the trip. Within a very short notice, we were able to organise the trip and think it has been quite a successful one. We got as much as 120 companies visit us during the mission. In our exposés on the potentials of the Cameroonian economy, we observed that they were quite interested in knowing more and even visiting Cameroon. We actually had some concrete intent from quite a number of companies wishing to invest in Cameroon. On that ticket, not only did we plan to see it, we wanted to have it almost immediately.

Now that you have measured the interest of British businesses on Cameroon, how do you intend to do the groundwork for them?

At the level of the Chamber of Commerce, we are essentially improving on our visitor welcome services, undertaking some active follow up with the contacts we have made so far to provide them with details. We also take the opportunity as we did in London to hand out brochures of general information on the economy and the opportunity offered by the Central African Economic and Monetary Community sub region with Cameroon as the platform and gateway.

We also intend to work hand-in-glove with the Cameroon High Commissioner in London who told us the Head of State instructed him to facilitate the procedure for the issuance of visas to business groups wishing to come and invest in Cameroon. With the visa facility now available, we are looking forward to receiving quite a number of British businesses. In addition to all these, we are prepared to establish bilateral relations with other Chambers of Commerce beginning with the Staffordshire commerce with which we already signed a cooperation agreement on 28 May 2004 in Staffordshire.

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