A national forum and exhibition placed under the auspices of the Head of State was presided over by the Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa.
With financial assistance from government, petit traders have helped many families in Douala to secure foodstuff enough to extend into the festive season. Most families in the port city of Douala took advantage of the give-away prices to purchase quality foodstuffs during the 4th National Exchange Forum between “Bayam Sellams” and Other Actors of the Informal Sector (FESABI) at the Bépanda Camtel event ground November 9-13.
Placed under the auspices of the Head of State, the forum whose theme was “From the Hoe to the Pan: Let’s Consolidate Achievement”, held alongside an exhibition of farm produce, livestock, arts and crafts. Beside the quality foodstuffs from across the 10 regions of the country on exhibition, the women through their organising umbrella association, the Cameroon Bayam Sellam Association (ASBY) and Founding President Marie Mbala Biloa pointed out to their ability to provide even more quality agricultural produce and crafts at cheaper rates: “If petit traders are subsidised not only by government but also other persons, we can assure the Cameroonian public of affordable and quality foods at all time.”
Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, while opening the joint event told the women to rest assured of continuous government support, as well as the unflinching engagement of President Paul Biya to see to it that ASBY becomes a public utility. Douala II Mayor Denise Fampou, who was crowned “matron” of the 4th national forum, was particular of the important role played by the womenfolk to ensure food security and self-sufficiency of the country.
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