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Sopecam Awards Local Champions of Made in Cameroon

CBT Laureates with Minister of SMEs

The initiative of the Cameroon Press and Publishing Company (Sopecam), has just unveiled the winners of the 2nd edition of this competition which promotes local production.

At the end of the 2nd edition of the “CBT Champions of Made in Cameroon” awards, 5 winners received financial support from this press publishing company ranging between 5 million and 1 million CFA francs.

Of the 10 candidates shortlisted in the fields of agri-food, promotion of local materials and cosmetics, 5 of them won the grail at the end of the ceremony held on December 8, 2022, at the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde.

This year, Anye Tawah, promoter of Aurora Building Materiels won the first prize “Golden Champion”, for his project of manufacturing mud bricks. In addition to the award, he also received an envelope of 5 million F. It was in 2009 that this structure based in Bamenda with depots in Yaounde, Douala and Buea was created. The main objective that motivated its creation was to “ensure that Cameroonians have a high quality local construction material that will withstand our climate and replace poor quality imported materials in the long term,” the winner told the economic news and analysis newspaper Cameroon Business Today (CBT) in its December 7-13, 2022 issue.

The 2nd place in the ranking was awarded to the company MJC Shoes, specializing in the manufacture of branded shoes with leather from Maroua. Jean Colince Mbe, the owner of the brand based in the Mvog-Ada district, has a monthly turnover of 2 million F with the manufacture of shoes for men and women, whose prices range between 10,000 Fcfa (average price, editor’s note) and 25,000 Fcfa. His ambition is “to move from an SME to a large company where young people are trained by task.

Those who are being trained today will be able to do everything. But in the future I want to specialise young people and have employees for specific tasks (sewing, heel, training, etc.).   Silver Champion’, 2nd in the ranking, Jean Colince Mbe receives a cheque for 3.5 million.
The prize for the “Bronze Champion” was awarded to Alice Mootse Kamga, promoter of the company Rehoboth Sarl. This structure, which operates in the agri-food segment, attracted the organisers for its activities relating to the production of quality honey and the transformation of beehive products into pharmaceutical derivatives, in partnership with Sanofi. According to the latter, the envelope of 2 million CFA francs that was given to her will be used to finance the expansion project of Rehoboth Sarl.
As a short-term project, we have a site where we intend to increase the number of hives from 450 to 2000. We have already started manufacturing it and by next year we plan to triple the number of our hives and triple our production capacity. In the long term, we plan to market honey in barrels  we want to continue with our new product, which is the marketing of local cereal biscuits with red millet and sorghum, all sweetened with honey”.

Published on 05.05.2023

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