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Cameroon: Insufficient cotton processing

According to a study by the World Bank and GIZ, local cotton processing in Cameroon is largely inadequate.
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12/21/2018 - 10:22
Christine MBENGONO
rédactrice Cameroun-online

The study on the analysis of the textile textile sector in Cameroon, tells us that only 2% of cotton produced in Cameroon is processed locally. As for the transformation of the cotton fiber, Paul Biya's country is badly off. There is only the Cotton Industry Cameroon (CICAM) which ensures the local processing of cotton. The company is currently piloting a 5.5 billion FCFA investment program.

This program aims at strengthening the capacity of CICAM to absorb the national production of cotton. According to the statistics, the Cameroon Industrial Cotton Producer transforms 1,500 tons of fibers each year. Its production comes down to 300 tons of sponge, 1,500 tons of threads and 8,000 km of unbleached fabrics. Cameroon does not have an integrated cotton-textile-clothing sector.

These industrial shortcomings generate economic losses. It appears that the Cameroonian economy is unable to capture the benefits of value-added. Said value is multiplied by 12 between the raw cotton and a made-up garment. Cotton cultivation was introduced in Cameroon in 1950. To develop the sector, the Cameroonian State created the Cameroon Cotton Development Corporation (SODECOTON).

The World Bank was established in 1944. Its headquarters are in Washington, DC, USA. With 189 member states, collaborators from more than 170 countries and more than 130 offices worldwide, the World Bank Group is made up of five institutions. These institutions work together to find lasting solutions to reduce poverty and share prosperity.

GIZ is a structure that emerged in January 2011 from the reform of German technical cooperation. The GIZ concretizes the consolidation of the GTZ (former technical cooperation agency), the German Development Service (DED) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany). GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. It employs nearly 17,000 people and manages a budget of nearly 2 billion euros.

 

 

 

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