Trade Mission Cameroon: 7-12 December 2014
NABC’s trade mission year came to an end with the trade mission to Cameroon, which took place from December 7-12, 2014. This mission was organized by NABC and the Honorary Consulate for the Netherlands in Cameroon. The mission was facilitated by the Embassy of Cameroon in the Hague, CCoLA (Centre for Collective Learning and Action) and was fully supported by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) of Cameroon.
Mrs. Marina Diboma, senior program manager at NABC, led the Dutch business delegation of 8 companies, in Cameroon while H.E. mr. Jos van Aggelen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Benin, accredited to Cameroon; Mr. Martin Abega, honorary consul for the Netherlands in Cameroon, and the MINEPAT accompanied and supported the delegation throughout the week.
The delegation was a very diverse group of companies, with activities in logistics, maritime and lifting sector, oil & gas equipment, livestock, health and solar energy. These very diverse activities required a diverse program, with many parallel program components, in order for us to meet the demands of all the participants.
“The government of Cameroon will ensure a good follow-up of your visit”, words of HE mr. Nganou Djoumessi, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Cameroon
On Monday December 8th, the mission kicked-off with a courtesy visit with H.E. mr. Djoumessi, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development in Yaoundé, which was followed by an interactive ‘Doing Business in Cameroon’ seminar. The MINEPAT and the Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) gave insightful presentations about Cameroon’s business climate and investment/business regulations, while KPMG offered the delegations with detailed information on Cameroon’s tax and import/export regulations. Finally, SGS shared some useful advice with the delegation and informed them about the certification regulations in Cameroon (for import/export of any kind of product).
During the afternoon, the delegation had meetings with ministries and with international organizations (such as the World Bank, French Development Agency) while there was also a visit of PROMOTE, one of the biggest international trade fairs in the region. The afternoon was closed with a reception hosted by NABC, Alios Finance, AfricInvest and OLAF Trading.
The second day of the mission started with B2B (business to business) meetings with the Cameroonian private sector. During the B2B session, the delegation had meetings with selected Cameroonian companies that matched their profile and requests. At the same time, several companies had meetings with ministries. The meetings with both the public and private sector continued in the afternoon.
On Wednesday December 10, the delegation traveled to Douala by road, escorted by the MINEPAT. In Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon, the Cameroonian private sector was awaiting the Dutch private sector for the next B2B session, followed by a networking reception hosted by SGS Cameroon.
Thursday December 11 started with a visit to Maersk Line and Douala International Terminal (DIT), where the companies were given insightful information about the organization, opportunities and challenges of the logistics sector in Cameroon.
Diving into the deep sea and candlelit dinner
In the afternoon, the delegation left for Kribi, an upcoming deep sea port city in the South of Cameroon. The delegation received a warm welcome by the municipality and prefecture including traditional dancers of the municipality of Kribi. In the evening, the delegation was offered a delicious ‘candlelit’ fresh seafood dinner with various high-profile local stakeholders. On Friday morning, the delegation had a working visit with the steering and monitoring committee of the Kribi Industrial Port Complex and visited the deep sea port. After a lunch with local stakeholders, the group returned to Douala where the mission came to an end with a closing evaluation dinner offered by the MINEPAT.
Please contact Marina Diboma or Quirine de Graaf for more information about the trade mission to Cameroon.
Marina Diboma: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quirine de Graaf: email@example.com
Please click here for the preliminary program for the trade mission to Cameroon. Please note that it concerns a preliminary program, hence, it will be subject to changes. The program will be finalized according to the wishes of the participating companies.
Practical information & Costs:
Dates: 7-12 December, 2014
Location: Yaoundé, Douala & Kribi
Sectors: Agriculture, livestock, fisheries, maritime sector, transport, construction, mining, energy & telecommunications
Included in the participation fee: 4 collective lunches, 1 collective dinner and collective local transport by land (including the transfer from Yaoundé to Douala and Douala to Kribi)
* please note the participation fee does NOT include: accommodation, individual transport, visa, flights and other related costs.
Want to get more exposure during and prior to the trade mission to Cameroon and interested in becoming an official partner of our trade mission to Cameroon? Please ask Marina Diboma or Quirine de Graaf for the different partnership and sponsorship possibilities.
Contact persons within NABC:
Testimonial of Guus van Bilsen, director/owner LIBITCO BV
Trade Mission Cameroon – December 7 – 12, 2014
"Last December I participated in a trade mission to Cameroon, organized by The Netherlands African Business Council.
This was not my first trade mission but this was definitely the one best organized!
In one week time we visited Yaoundé (capital city with government institutions), Douala (main economical center) and Kribi (deep see port with a new container terminal).
During this trip we enjoyed a good balance between visits to government institutions, presentations from local stakeholders, visits to companies, two networking receptions and several Business to Business sessions.
There was also time to leave the group and to visit some own (potential) clients.
All together a very effective 1 week trade mission, resulting finally in several good business leads.
I like to thank the two ladies who headed this mission, Marina Diboma and Quirine de Graaf, for their very professional approach and good organisation skills."
Guus van Bilsen, director/owner LIBITCO BV
|From||December 07, 2014|
|Till||December 12, 2014|
|Yaoundé, Douala & Kribi, Cameroon|