In an official opening ceremony in Yaoundé, Cameroon, attended by Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, H.E. Mbella Mbella Lejeune, INBAR’s fifth Regional Office and third in Africa was officially opened INBAR Deputy Director General Professor Lu Wenming.
12 December 2019 – Cameroon, an INBAR Member State since 2002, has been very active in recent years in developing a national bamboo and rattan industry. In 2016 the country organised the first ever regional conference in Central Africa focusing on bamboo and rattan development. Both bamboo and rattan grow abundantly in Cameroon, and the country not only exports bamboo products such as plywood, but also has a domestic market for rattan furniture and bamboo decorative handicrafts.
The opening of INBAR’s fifth Regional Office, and third in Africa, was confirmed in 2018 with a signing ceremony at the Embassy of Cameroon to China in Beijing. The INBAR Central Africa Regional Office (CARO) aims to provide support for countries in Central Africa, particularly in francophone Africa, to develop their bamboo and rattan industries sustainably.
Speaking at the official ceremony on 6 December 2019, Professor Lu Wenming, Deputy Director of INBAR, said that “This office can promote bamboo and rattan development in Cameroon and in the Central Africa sub-region.” Professor Lu then joined high-ranking officials from the Cameroonian government in unveillign a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
CARO’s inauguration ceremony was attended by senior level Government Officials, namely; H.E. Mbella Mbella Lejeune, Minister of External relations, H.E. Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, H.E. Gabriel Mbairobe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED), Ministry of Research and Innovation (MINRESI) and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU), Ministry of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts (MINPMEESA), who all assisted the Deputy Director General of INBAR to cut the symbolic ribbon and to unveil the Inauguration plaque.
Some artisans were equally invited for the opening ceremony to showcase their locally made bamboo and rattan products including chairs, cupboards, tables, stands, flower vases, spoons, plates, etc. The memorable event ended with a visit of the exposition stand and a cocktail giving an opportunity for invitees to network. The opening ceremony was a success and marks the beginning of a new page as concerns the development of the bamboo and rattan sector in the Central Africa Sub-Region.
INBAR is grateful to the Cameroonian government for its continued commitment to the promotion of bamboo and rattan for socio-economic development in Cameroon, and dedicated to raising awareness, carrying out development projects and improving the well-being of bamboo and rattan producers and consumers in Cameroon.
Watch Cameroon’s Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts, H.E Achille Bassilekin III, on why Study Tours and other initiatives led by INBAR and the Chinese government to development the country’s bamboo and rattan industries are very promising indeed: