Allocution de Madame le Directeur

Ladies and Gentlemen Business Leaders;

Mr. Riadh Gharsalaoui, Upgrading expert at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNIDO resident representative in Spain;

Ladies and Gentlemen experts accompanying companies; Ladies and Gentlemen journalists;

Dear collaborators;

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is with renewed pleasure and exalted honour that I speak today in Douala, the epicenter city of Cameroon's economic activity.

First of all, I would like to thank you warmly for your presence at this ceremony dedicated to the signing of the BMN-enterprises and coach-enterprises agreements, and to the presentation of a guide to good hygiene practices in the agri-food sector.

I also see this as a sign of your commitment to work alongside the BMN, to strengthen the performance of our country's companies, and hence the competitiveness of the Cameroonian economy. We thank you!

Please accept that I renew my sincere condolences to the bereaved families of Mr. Fotso Jean II, CEO of the SCS company, and Mr. Batasi Paul, expert coach, who have left us. I invite you to observe a minute of silence in their memory. Thank you.

Ladies and Gentlemen business leaders,

Ladies and gentlemen,

The State of Cameroon, as part of the implementation of its strategy for competitiveness and modernization of its economy, has adopted a logic of sustainability of the Upgrading by creating the BMN in 2011, whose main mission is the implementation of the Government's policy in terms of support for the upgrading and restructuring of industrial enterprises. This is following a pilot phase which benefited from technical support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The implementation of the missions assigned by the Government to the BMN is carried out within the framework of the National Upgrading Program (PNMAN). It is this PNMAN that governs relations between the BMN and the companies admitted to the upgrading. The signing of conventions and amendments to conventions between the BMN and the companies applying for upgrading is therefore not a simple formality, but an important legal act in the sense that it entails obligations for each party, even if for the enterprises, the benefit is enormous.

To make a long story short, I would like to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that by joining PNMAN, industrial companies benefit from support that will most likely boost their performance. It is in this perspective that the signing of agreements between companies and expert coaches is part of the process. The purpose of these agreements is to coach companies that are struggling to implement their upgrading plan.

Today's ceremony gives me the opportunity to point out that capacity building of business leaders is one of the major pillars of the BMN's action. It is even a priority at the heart of the upgrading process of enterprises through PNMAN. This is the place to magnify this tangible symbol of the public-private partnership set up by the Government to ensure the competitiveness of the national economy.

Ladies and Gentlemen business leaders,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today's ceremony is being held in a particular health context, marked, as everyone knows, by the COVID-19 pandemic, whose health, economic and social effects are still spreading their harmful tentacles in our daily lives.

In these difficult times, the BMN, through my voice, reiterates its solidarity with the companies that are suffering the consequences of this bipolar crisis (health and economic). Based on the results of a survey we recently conducted among companies, we know how much they have suffered and are still suffering as a result of COVID-19.

True to its policy of proximity and pragmatism, well before the advent of this pandemic, the BMN had produced a guide to good hygiene practices in the food industry. Given the current health context, the popularization of this guide is essential to create a virtuous circle of confidence between businesses and consumers who expect a healthy and quality product.

Long live the BMN,

Long live Cameroon,

Thank you for your kind attention.



09h30-09h45: Arrival and installation of the company managers;

09h45-09H55 : Arrival and installation of the VIPs and members of the COPIL guests

09h55 : Arrival and installation of the Director of the BMN

  • Presentation of the articulations of the ceremony;
  • Speech by the Director of the MNB;
  • Presentation of the Guide to Good Hygiene Practices by the international expert, exchanges;
  • Signing of the conventions between the MNB and the companies involved in the global or specific upgrading;
  • Signing of agreements between the companies and the coaches;
  • Handing-over of the Good Hygiene Practices guide to the food-processing companies;
  • Family photo exchanges with the press;
  • 12:30 pm: Cocktail and the end of the ceremony.
Photo d’ensemble de la cérémonie
Signature de convention
Signature de convention
Signature de convention
Signature de convention
Signature de convention
Interview de Madame Chantal ELOMBAT MBEDEY, Directeur du BMN
Remise des conventions
Remise des conventions
Monsieur Riadh Gharsalaoui, expert mise à niveau à l’Organisation des Nations-Unies pour le Développement Industriel (ONUDI)

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