The Secretary General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of External Relations on August 12, 2016.
One of the fallouts of the Regional Conference on the Promotion of Bamboo and Rattan that held in Yaounde from 11 to 12 August, 2016 under the auspices of the Head of State, Paul Biya, is the expected development of a National Bamboo Programme. The Secretary General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Dr. Hans Friederich, made the revelation to the press after an audience with the Minister Delegate at the Minister of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, Dr Joseph Dion Ngute on August 12, 2016 in Yaounde.
“We talked with the Minister about opportunities for taking the discussion on Bamboo forward after the conference and how we can basically help develop the local industries, ensure poverty reduction and climate change mitigation,” he explained. Hans Friederich acknowledged Cameroon’s “immense” potential in Bamboo and Rattan and said INBAR which has an agreement with Cameroon, could help establish a proper inventory of the resources which, according to him, could create jobs.
INBAR is a 41-member independent intergovernmental organisation established in 1997 with headquarters in Beijing, China to develop and promote innovative solutions to poverty and environmental sustainability using Bamboo and Rattan.