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registration registers of craftsmen for their migra- tion together with the small entrepreneurs from the informal sector to the formal sector.
ASSETS
However, craftsmanship for some time has been one of the major concerns of the authori- ties. In particular, the implementation of a proactive policy, through the creation in 2004 of Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts. The organization of the ministry, published in March 2005 brings a new light.
It appears therefore that the management social economy and crafts is responsible for the deve- lopment and implementation of government’s policy in the field of social economy develop- ment and crafts, among others; while the Sub- Direction of handicraft professions will focus spe- cifically on the implementation of the Government's craft development policy.
Professionals in the sector have welcomed this new orientation that takes into account the pro- blems facing the craft industry. After the institutio- nal framework, the various actors must create conditions for the take-off of the sector.
YAOUNDE NOW HAS
ITS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
In order to promote national handicrafts and to promote exchanges between Cameroonian craftsmen and foreign counterparts, the Ministry
of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts organized in January 2008 the first international handicrafts exhibition of Cameroon. The particularly highlighted mee- ting was run under the patronage of Cameroon's first lady, Chantal Biya. Many distinguished guests like the Congolese world-renowned sculp- tor Alfred Liyolo were present.
The 2nd International handicrafts exhibition of Cameroon (SIARC) was organized in January 2010 in Yaoundé. It saw the participation of 500 Cameroonian craftsmen and nearly a hun- dred of foreign craftsmen. The 3rd SIARC was held from January 23 to February 3, 2012 in Yaoundé with its focus on “Cameroonian crafts- manship: quality and conquest of the internatio- nal market”. The opportunity helped highlight the Cameroonian craftwork label in compliance international marketing standards. The 4th SIARC was held in Yaoundé from January 22 to February 3, 2014. The 5th SIARC was held in April 2016 under the theme: “Cameroonian han- dicrafts facing the challenges of standardization and competitiveness”.
HANDICRAFTS IN THE ECONOMY
Cameroon is known for the richness and quality of its craftsmanship. Human and cultural diversity as well as the weight of tradition strongly influence the versatility of craftsmanship.
Handicrafts-related activities are usually informal. In the absence of figures, it is difficult to assess the weight it represents in the national economy.
 The International Craft Centre in Yaoundé



















































































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