SMEs constitute the essential elements of the economic fabric of African countries and thus take an important part in economic growth, the creation of jobs and distribution of income. However, their contribution remains below their potential. As in most African countries, SMEs from Cameroon and Congo are confronted with problems of competitiveness and their limited access to the regional market continues to restrain their development.
It is in this context that the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) provides its multifaceted support to highlight the activities of 15 SMEs from Cameroon and 15 SMEs from the Republic of Congo, through the organisation of stands. This activity is to be seen as part and parcel of the support that the CDE provides to two programmes: the Programme of support to the development of the private sector (Programme d’appui au développement du secteur privé - PADSP) in Cameroon and the Programme of capacity-building of commercial and entrepreneurial skills (Programme de renforcement des capacités commerciales et entrepreneuriales - PRCCE) in the Republic of Congo.
The CDE organises, on December 12th 2014, with the aim of giving more visibility to the concept during the PROMOTE 2014 fair, an awareness-raising and exchange day on the "cluster" approach in general, and its implementation forms in Central Africa in particular, through the examples of the PADSP-CAM and PRCCE of Congo.
The Programme of support to the development of the private sector (PADSP) is cofinanced by the government of Cameroon and implemented by the CDE. It specifically aims at improving the competitiveness of SMEs by supporting and developing « clusters » of enterprises.
The Programme of capacity-building of commercial and entrepreneurial skills (PRCCE) is an initiative of the government of the Republic of Congo, supported by the European Union, which the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) is carrying out. The PRCCE's objective is to improve the competitiveness of the Congolese economy through the diversification of the entrepreneurial fabric and the improvement of the private sector environment.