Since Friday, November 23, 2018 night, Cameroon’s Senators are abreast with the Industrialisation Master Plan of Cameroon, its place in leading the country attain emergence by 2035 and the role of the Senate in the effective execution of the plan. This is thanks to the popularisation workshop on the plan that took place at the Senate on November 23, 2018. The Vice President of the Senate, Nkeze Emilia who chaired the workshop on behalf of the Senate President, Marcel Niat Njifenji said the Industrialisation Master Plan was the compass for Cameroon’s emergence. She stressed that the realisation of the plan required the collaboration of all stakeholders, stating that the workshop would facilitate its understanding of Senators.
Speaking during the occasion, the Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, Ernest Gbwaboubou cited the Head of State, President Paul Biya who in several speeches has stressed the key place of industrialisation in Cameroon’s drive toward emergence. He said the plan takes into account five main priorities of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group: “Light up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Integrate Africa, Indus trialise Africa, Improve the Living Standards of the People of Africa.” The Industrialisation Master Plan has four compartments: Three national industrial sanctuaries which are Agro-industry, Energy and Digital technology. Another compartment is made up of the five structuring industrial pillars: Forest-wood, Mines-Metallurgy-Siderurgy, Hydrocarbon-Refining-Petrochemistry, Cotton-Textile, Leather and Confection, Chemistry-Pharmacy. There is also Infrastructure for modernisation and consolidating the national economy which are financing and infrastructure. The final compartment is a strategic platform for economic, industrial security and technological projection, for anticipation, knowledge and know-how: Strategic intelligence and Economic Intelligence Veil.