Under the distinguished patronage of the Ministry of Small and medium-sized Entreprises, Social Economy and Handicraft, and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, the International Furniture Fair (Salon du Mobilier) was officially launched on the 30th of June 2021 by Minister Achille BASSILEKIN III at the Yaoundé Conference Hall. Organized by Artisan au Féminin association, in collaboration with FECAPROBOIS and in partnership with the British High Commission to Cameroon, the fair is aimed at promoting furniture “Made in Cameroon”.
Applauding the initiative, the Minister stated that the timber sector is one of the pillars of the Cameroonian economy and the International Furniture Fair would not only bring the creativity of women to the limelight, but equally address the challenges they are facing in the field. He also used the occasion as a wakeup call for Cameroonians to consume Cameroonian made furniture by local artisans.
The particularities of this year’s edition are focused on wood of legal origin and non-wood forest products as well as its contribution to the development of the wood processing industry in Cameroon.
Furniture that respect climate change principles will also be taken into consideration so as to curb illegal wood logging and promote climate change initiatives. As such, not only wood products of legal origin will be exhibited but some little-known species will also be introduced so as to reduce the dangers of their extinction due to overexploitation.
Worthy to underline that the fair is open to the public till the 6th of July 2021.