Cooperation ties between Cameroon and India were strengthened on March 31st 2020 in an audience granted by the Minister of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts Mr. Achille BASSILEKIN III to H.E RAKESH MALHOTRA, High Commissioner of India to Cameroon. The approximately forty five minutes tête-a-tête between both parties alongside their close collaborators were centered, among other issues, on exploring the possibilities of enforcing the exportation of Cameroon handicraft products and ameliorating the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In the course of this exchange, both parties expressed their desires to explore the possibilities of working together in the field of SMEs and Handicrafts. Given that there exist a Ministry in India dedicated to Micro and Small Enterprises endowed with a complete package of programs that offer trainings, the Ministry hopes to benefit from the expertise, creativity and innovation of this structure so as to help improve and revitalize the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cameroon.
The partnership between both countries will be beneficial to the Cameroonian handicrafts sector that will gain from the expertise of the Indian Centre for the Exportation of Handicrafts. In this light, a virtual meeting is said to be organized with those in charge of this center in New Delhi, some staff of the Ministry as well as associations in charge of Handicrafts.
In a bid to foster strong and fruitful partnerships, both countries agreed to create a general roadmap on the issues outlined so that the Indian example should inspire advancements in these domains so as to promote and revamp the SME and Handicrafts sectors’ growths as envisaged. The recent implantation of the High Commission of India in Cameroon is a timely gesture for a favorable environment for this partnership that is an added advantage to both States.