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WELCOME SPEECH GM IPA

Madame Marthe Angeline

A new rendez-vous with Cameroon, land of opportunities and attractions is looming on the horizon with the organization of the second edition of the Cameroon Investment Forum (CIF) from the 9th to the 10th of November 2017 in the economic capital city of Cameroon. National and foreign economic operators and investors, heads of local financial, economic and banking institutions, government authorities and development partners to name but a few, will network and share experiences not only to further sell Cameroon's image to investors, but also to increase its capacity to attract and host productive investments all of which must ultimately contribute to the achievement of growth and job creation as targeted by the Government in the Growth and employment Strategy Paper. Placed under the most distinguished Patronage of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr Paul BIYA, the Forum will give participants the opportunity, with the many articulations that it will unfold, to acknowledge Cameroon’s key position in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), notably as a hub for international capital of diverse origins and equally, a strategic location for foreign direct investment (FDI). It will be an opportunity for public and private sector to unite their creative energies and combine their know-how to present new investment projects to the public particularly in the industrial domain, considered by some to be the backbone of the economic system capable of empowering the country to emergence by 2035. For the IPA, organizer of this important event, in partnership with the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, the main challenge is to provide participants with an ideal framework for exchange, consultation and business relations, bringing together, among others, local industrial project owners and investors around a catalog of projects and themes carefully selected and prepared in advance. This event will henceforth be held bi-annually. In order to increase the contribution of industry to growth, and by so doing, its impact on the country’s economic development, the IPA intends to use the CIF 2017 to promote and showcase Cameroon’s industrial options presenting at the same time business opportunities relating to flagship industrial projects in selected priority sectors and connecting local industrial project promoters to technical and financial partners. It is our fervent hope that all stakeholders both in the private and public sector will live up to the expectations of the Government, which has kindly provided the IPA with a multifaceted support in the organization of this Forum, I wish you a very warm welcome to CIF 2017.