The main aim of this workshop was to facilitate the understanding, ownership and especially the implementation of the OHADA Uniform Act on the right of cooperative societies. The second Pan-African training of trainers workshop for stakeholders of cooperative entrepreneurship organized by the Pan African Cooperative Conference (PCC) in Mbalmayo, Cameroon, for three days (11 to 13 December) brought together foreigners, senior officials of the Cameroon administration, and representatives of international organizations who were trained by PCC experts.
Sub-themes that were developed through an adult education approach included "the fight against poverty and self-employment'', ''the African cooperative movement and the cooperative enterprise''. The adopted approach that was characterized by the mainstreaming of prerequisites, awakening activities and discussions during practical work sessions rather facilitated the assimilation of the content of the various presentations, as confirmed by Lontchi Charles, Research Engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) of Cameroon and participant: "At the time we are rounding up this workshop, my impressions are very good because I have mastered the content of the OHADA Uniform Act. I believe that the knowledge gained during the seminar will be used to enable the farmers to better understand what a cooperative society is, the basis on which it is created, how it works and how it is organized. This will result in improved functioning of future cooperative societies created in Cameroon".
Of course, the PCC is precisely seeking ways and means to achieve better functioning of cooperative societies in Africa in keeping with the legal provisions of the OHADA Act in force. It should be recalled that the PCC is a bipartisan pan-African organization comprising twenty states and their cooperative movements. Its primary mission is to support member countries in the development and implementation of cooperative policies and programmes. As of today, the achievements of the PCC include the establishment of the African University of Cooperative Development (UADC) based in Cotonou, Benin as well as the adoption by the Council of Ministers in 2010 of the above-mentioned OHADA Uniform Act initiated by the PCC whose Executive Secretariat is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. To this we can add the Pan African Action Plan on Cooperative Development drawn up by the PCC and approved by the United Nations in 2012 at the closing ceremony of the International Year of Cooperatives.
The next two workshops will be held in Gabon and in the DRC in March and May 2015.