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Excellency Paul Biya was able to authorize the start of a five-year recruitment program within the Police to extend from 2009 to 2014.In terms of raising the operational capacity of ser- vices, execution of equipment plan initiated in 2007 for the acquisition of vehicles for the cities of Yaoundé and Douala, continued. Moreover, riot last generation engines were acquired. Furthermore, the ESIR service (Special Rapid Intervention Team), hitherto exclusively installed in Yaoundé and Douala has been extended to Garoua, Bertoua, Bafoussam, Bamenda and Ebolowa, a total of 7 regional headquarters out of 10 that make up the country. The year 2009 was devoted to the extension of this service all 10 regional headquarters and some other urban areas with high security risk.The last two years have also seen the rise of the promotion of community policing while bringing the Police closer to populations. This option has the advantage to identify specific threats, and provide an appropriate security response.After ESIR service, recent advances have been devoted by the creation of local police stations in some busy sites and commissioning of the CSD (Diplomats security service) responsible for ensu- ring the safety of diplomats and diplomatic mis- sions. The creation of this structure appeared necessary in fact, given the specificity of the mis- sions assigned to diplomats and important respon- sibilities it imposes on the Government with res- pect to international conventions. In conclusion, gradually and surely, but decisively and with determination, the Cameroon Police is in battle order to assume its sovereign responsibilities, contributing to the preservation of social peace,enabling the Government of the Republic to pro- mote the socio-economic and cultural develop- ment of Cameroon with much assurance.PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL STRUCTURESAs for most African countries, actors of the Cameroon economic world have structures and organizations to represent them, to defend them but also help them in professional training and develop- ment. Distinction must be made between socio-pro- fessional organizations with strictly trade union orientation as the Trade Union Confederation of Cameroon Workers (CSTC), and those with a mis- sion of professional representation providing ser- vices to businesses or industries as the Union of Industrialists of Cameroon (SYNDUSTRICAM).UNIONSUnlike the era of single party when there was only one labor union, Cameroon evolves today in a pluralism of unions. Some 528 registered trade unions operate without restriction in accor- dance with Labor law. This right is guaranteed by the law on freedom of association and legislation on labor, in particular the Labor Code and rele- vant International Conventions. There are also several professional associations that promote industry, and participate in showcasing the dyna- mism of Cameroon companies.There are two main confederations of workers in Cameroon:n the Federation of Free Trade Unions of Cameroon (USLC)n The Trade Union Confederation of Cameroon Workers (CSTC)The inter-employers group of Cameroon (GICAM), a partner for Cameroon companiesLES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN59

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