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                   Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development
The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development (MINMIDT) is at the heart of the economic emergence of Cameroon. It is in charge of the implementation and evaluation of the Government's policy in the field of Mines, Industry and Technological Development...
“Emergence is not conceivable without a viable industry”. These words of the Cameroonian Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya, alone reveal just how determined Cameroon is now in terms of industrialization. In fact, the country aims for emergence, and has the tools to achieve it. High in the list of these tools, the Master Plan of Industrialization (PDI), which, it must be said, is the concrete translation of the instructions by the Head of State to work towards the adoption of a compass in the field of industrialization intended to accompany Cameroon's emergence program. The PDI was developed and validated in December 2016, in a participatory manner by the Government, in collaboration with the Private Sector and development partners.
The Master Plan builds on the orientations contai- ned in the Vision-Cameroon 2035 Document and in the for Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (DSCE) on the one hand, and on the African Union’s African Renaissance principle,
which emphasizes the role of industrialization in pan-African construction, and by capitalizing on the various initiatives of the international commu- nity for industrial development in Africa, on the other hand.
In any case, the plan is in line with the five main priorities of the African Development Bank Group (ADB) which are to: Enlighten Africa and provide it with electricity; Feed Africa; Integrate Africa; Industrialize Africa; Improve the quality of life for African people.
Besides, it is in line with Cameroon's internatio- nal commitments, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 9th of which aims at building a resilient infrastructure, promo- ting sustainable and inclusive industrialization, encouraging innovation, and also at respecting the commitment made to the Paris Agreement at COP21 on climate change and sustainable development.
The construction of an industrial state, to capture the meaning of Emergence, requires, for its effec- tiveness, that industrialization should be a vital question for the country and be affirmed, conse- quently, as a major determinant of the nation's general policy. Such an attitude poses as a pre- requisite the primacy of Industrial Policy on the scale of public policies.
In fact, to achieve the ambition of emerging, industrialization has to be a must so as to create a middle class of consumers to build domestic markets. To this end, three issues emerge: the cat- ching-up in growth retardation, the regaining of leadership and the control of shocks due to the digital gulf, the markets, political and geostrate- gic demands in the Gulf of Guinea, to take up three major challenges: Cameroon becoming the Feeder, the Switch and the Equipment manu- facturer of the ECCAS zone and Nigeria. >>>
A Minmidt’s interview in Betaré-Oya

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