Cameroon: Blue-Print for Development Minerals






Cameroon hosted a National Consultation Workshop in Yaoundé on 18-20 October 2016 that brought together 84 participants operating in the Development Minerals sector across all 10 regions of Cameroon. The workshop, which officially launched the implementation of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme in Cameroon, featured opening remarks by H.E Mr. Ernest Gbwaboubou - Minister at the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development; the EU Chief Operating Officer in Cameroon - Mr. Mats Liljefelt; Cameroon's Ambassador to the EU and ACP Group of States - H.E Mr. Daniel Evina Abe'e; and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Najat Rochdi. In-depth discussions on the key role of local materials in the ever increasing demand for Development Minerals in the construction, housing and infrastructure sectors were held.

These discussions led to the development of a blue-print for Development Minerals in Cameroon, where the participants, drawn from the public, private, social and business development sectors, defined and approved the priorities of the sector; suggested programme pilot sites and agreed to a draft roadmap for the implementation of the programme over the following two years.

The consultation workshop was followed by country-level training on Environment, Community, Health and Safety in Doula from 14-17 November, bringing together 40 participants from the public, private, civil society and business development sectors. A 2-day Trainer of Trainers (ToT) workshop was also held, where 24 trainers underwent further training on how to deliver the curriculum all over the country.


National Consultation in Cameroon2

ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

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    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

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East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.


West Africa

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Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.


Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.



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Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

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