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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Three years after its launch in 2011, the support program for the private sector in Cameroon, co-funded by the government and implemented by the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE), a joint structure of the EU and ACP countries; presents its first shoots in the 5th edition of the company's Salon of SMEs and partnership, dubbed Promote 2014. A total of 15 SMEs and micro-businesses in Cameroon, received technical support , financial and logistical, for their participation in this great business event held in the Cameroonian capital every 3 years. The 15 companies towed by the CDE in this show are active in the food sectors, industrial maintenance and processing of wood or leather.

In July 2014, after months of blackmail and pressure from the European Commission, the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) between the EU and West Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa were finally initialed. These agreements, unfortunately unknown, embrace the sacred dogma of the European Commission, "to develop free trade" between the EU and the countries called ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific). The EU previously maintained unilateral trade preferences with these countries - former colonies - benefiting from preferential market access to the European market. Under the EPA agreements, tariffs shall be removed on 80% of European exports. With these EPAs, the free trade dogma is expressed in all its splendor.

Italy is convinced of the need for closer cooperation with Africa, the continent of the future. It has everything to gain in a partnership between Europe and Africa, said the Managing Director of the Italian oil company ENI, Claudio Descalzi. Speaking of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Descalzi noted, he must "unite Europe to Africa to help in development; help develop its market; establish a virtuous relationship between the two continents. Do we have a choice? I do not believe it.” Naturally, Claudio Descalzi share the experience gained on the ground by his group, with over 50 years combined Cooperation (whatever its name) with the African continent.

No, Jean-Louis Borloo has not retired. If since his health problems, the former minister had finished definitively with politics, he now has another purpose: to electrify Africa. And his project is progressing well. The future is Africa. "I'm going to Africa every week", assured, enthusiastic, the former mayor of Valenciennes in October. Jean-Louis Borloo wants to do for Africa what we did for France after the war: building a grid. Currently, only 25% of the continent - excluding Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco - has access to electricity. His conclusion: stagnating Europe must invest in this future territory. “Africa is the gateway to Europe with rapid population growth, this may be our future ", said the former centrist leader.

According to Jean Marc Anga, the executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), the sale of cocoa beans in the world during the 2013-2014 campaign, generated revenues totaling 13.2 billion US dollars. Africa, a continent which has ensured 73% of world production of the beans could capture approximately $ 6.9 billion. However, said Mr. Anga during an international conference on cocoa processing in Yaounde, when leaving the stage of the production and marketing of beans, Africa lost the ranking of beneficiaries in the cocoa industry, due to its place on the value chain.