Prospecting partners for the Cooperative Housing Project in Cameroon: MAETUR contacted

As part of the cooperative social housing proposal made to the State of Cameroon, the PCC decided in parallel to meet the players of the industry. Accordingly, MAETUR as the executing agency of the State in the area of land development was visited.

The purpose of the visit was to find out whether the service costs practised by the structure were in line with the  social housing option of the PCC. By the end of the meeting, the PCC found out that it was possible for MAETUR to calibrate its service costs at the desired level.

The Pan-African Cooperative Bank Project in the pipeline

The PCC, which has so far nursed the idea of a Pan-African Cooperative Bank, deemed it necessary to meet the United Nations Economic Commission for Central Africa (ECA) in order to involve it in the implementation of this very important financial tool.

The Director of the ECA Regional Representation, Mr. Emile AHOE, accepted to receive and examine the file before forwarding it to the mother institution based in Addis Ababa. Several other meetings with him have been envisaged.

This first encounter, which took place before the programme budget obstacle slowed down the processing of the PCC application file, will remain memorable because of the quality of discussions between the two parties. However, the PCC welcomes the decision of the sub regional ECA representation to support the activities of the PCC as a development institution.

A PCC delegation to the PNDP

The meeting with the National Community-driven Development Programme (PNDP) was held in the presence of Mrs NGA, National Coordinator of the PNDP. After the presentation of the PCC by the Executive Secretary, Mr. IBRAHIMA NDOUR, and the presentation of ongoing programmes by the Director of PCC Projects and programmes, Mr. Gabriel GBEDJISSOKPA, Mrs NGA immediately perceived a relationship with the interventions within Regional and Local Authorities. Consequently, she envisaged the possibility of establishing a partnership agreement between the PCC and the PNDP.

In fact, the support provided to the municipalities by PNDP can not overshadow the need to build the capacity of the grassroot stakeholders in an entrepreneurial setting. This is why the PCC supports the decentralization approach coupled with self development. Bearing this in mind, the PNDP Coordinator decided to entrust three pilot divisions to the PCC for the promotion of cooperative entrepreneurship.


A Mission of the Ministry of Agriculture of Gabon to the PCC

The Deputy Director General of rural development and the service head for cooperative development conducted a one-week working visit to the PCC in order to study the conditions for the revival of cooperative activities in Gabon. The described prevailing national situation shows that cooperative societies worth their salt are very rare in Gabon and those that exist are poorly structured. Nevertheless, the delegation presented two opportunities:

•    The firm commitment of the Minister of Agriculture to revamp the cooperative sector,

•    The commitment of the FAO to support the revival of the agricultural sector.

It is on this basis that the mission accepted the PCC proposal to develop a programme that will be submitted to the two institutions mentioned above. Although the overall programme that was envisaged in the 2015 Budget has not yet been launched, we note with satisfaction that the FAO has started to materialize its commitment by putting in place and training its actors in the process.

Une convention de partenariat signée entre la CPC et le FNPSS de la République Démocratique du Congo

La Directrice du Fonds National de Prévoyance et de Service Social (FNPSS), Madame Alice MIRAMO, avait d’abord saisit le Secrétariat Exécutif en lui soumettant un plan d’action pour voir les projets qui peuvent faire l’objet d’un partenariat à exécuter par la CPC. Le choix fut porté sur trois axes :

Promotion de micros entreprises de groupes vulnérables et des personnes nécessiteuses ;

Organisation de la micro finance populaire ;

Opérationnalisation du FNPSS pour servir de banque sociale de proximité.

Les échanges étant arrivés à maturité, le Ministre de l’Action Sociale décida d’envoyer une mission composée d’un de ses Conseillers techniques et la Directrice du FNPSS. Leur séjour à Yaoundé a permis l’élaboration d’une convention de partenariat. Qui sera suivi plus tard du transfert de ses documents de mise en œuvre. La CPC devrait alors attendre le signal du gouvernement congolais pour le démarrage.