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The sector nevertheless has a few dozens of companies including soap, detergent, per- fumes, paints factories and some pharmaceuti- cal companies. The soap industry is the most dynamic and involves various businesses loca- ted near major cities. The Chemical Complex of Cameroonian, (CCC), a subsidiary of Fadil Group dominates the niche with a diversified production. The cement industry is treated in the chapter building and public works (see below).MECHANIC AND METAL INDUSTRIESCameroon can now have a say in shipbuilding. Indeed, the Cameroon Industrial and Ship Yard (CNC) which used to deal only with repair took up the challenge of building ships in 2008.This is the achievement of an ambition declared in December 2003 by President Paul Biya who then announced that the time for major industrial projects had come.TEXTILE AND LEATHER INDUSTRYBusiness in this sector provides about 4000 jobs and many handicraft workers, particularly in the field of leather, Cotonnière industrielle du Cameroun, CICAM being the main textile company.Founded in 1963, it produced an average of 7,500 tons of cotton yarn, 32 million meters of gray fabric and 35 million meters of printed fabric, SOUCAM, a subsidiary of CICAM,The textile sector provides more than 4000 jobsproduces terry cloth intended primarily to export. Outside the handcraft, almost all the leather is exported.Textile and leather industries are heavily compe- ting with imports of used clothing from Europe and America and the smuggling of goods made in Nigeria and Asia.Many support activities are carried out to increase investment in the industrial sectorLES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN249

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