Central Africa

The eight countries of Central Africa, covered by the CDE regional office in Yaoundé, are very different in size and population : Cameroon, Centrafrican Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe.

Very open to the world market, these countries are heavily reliant on mineral resources and commercial commodities which account for a substantial proportion of their GDP. Official trade between the countries of the region, however, remains at a low level.

CDE Regional Office

Head of Regional Office: 
1045 Rue de Narvick, Immeuble INTEK, 4ième étage, BP 35600 YAOUNDE, CAMEROUN
+237 222 23 15 00
+237 222 23 15 24
+237 698 49 86 86



  • Document (Brochure or presentation)
    This institutional 16-page brochure provides an overview of CDE's achievements in Central Africa, in terms of SMEs capacity-building, competitiveness enhancement and facilitation of access to markets. It also refers to the partnerships and support programmes, such as the Private Sector Development...
  • Document (Success story)
    As part of the Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (CEP), also underway in other ACP countries and regions, a consultant was appointed by the CDE to identify a cluster of 10 agro-industrial and agro-forestry companies in the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and the Republic of...
  • Document (Success story)
    Given the role of bread and bakery products in the diet of the local population, the Cameroonian government has made the compliance with the statutory standard NC 213: 2003-03 mandatory in order to regulate this sector of activity. In this context, a pilot programme was proposed to the CDE by the...
  • Document (Technical guide)
    Phosphate is essential to agriculture and is one of the few raw materials for which there is no substitute and which can be recovered in only small amounts. For some countries, Senegal and Togo in particular, it is one of the main sources of foreign currency. The availability of fertilizer when it...


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  • Chad: support programme for agro-food industries in Central Africa - the Artine dairy unit
    The Artine dairy unit in Chad, whose objective is to control the provision of milk for its own production, has benefitted from a CDE assistance in the framework of the programme for improvement of competitiveness for agro-food enterprises in Central Africa. Following an awareness-raising phase...
  • Congo: support programme for agro-food industries in Central Africa - the Bayo dairy factory
    The Bayo dairy factory, located in the surroundings of Brazzaville, has benefitted from a programme of support to agro-food enterprises in Central Africa, led by the CDE. This programme aimed at improving the quality of production and access to markets. In this framework, the staff was trained and...
  • Cameroon: support to ten bakeries
    A pilot programme, aimed at improving the competitiveness of the bakery sector, was carried out by the CDE in Cameroon, upon the initiative of the Bakery Employers' Union of Cameroon (SPBC).  It has helped, on the one hand, to improve the quality and hygiene standards, in full respect of the new...
  • Interview S.E. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa Ministre PME Cameroun au CDE_05.11.13
    In this interview, Prof. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of SMEs of Cameroon, talks about the close and fruitful partnership between the government of Cameroon and the CDE in the implementation of the national Programme of Support to the Development of the Private Sector. This programme aims...
    Strengthening the capacities of female entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the CDE, through tailor-made trainings and participation in thematic fairs. This project was implemented in partnership with the Association of female entrepreneurs (ASSOFE) of DRC. (Video in French).