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What are the facilities offered by APME in the enterprise creation process?
Support to the creation of Enterprises consists in:
- Simplifying procedures;
- Setting up a one-stop shop for administrative procedures in the creation of SMEs;
- Reducing the time required for creating SMEs;
- Providing information on investment opportunities;
- Promoting a corporate culture within SMEs;
- Providing multifarious assistance to SMEs.
APME support strategy for SMEs creation consists in:
- Pursuing the establishment of CFCEs and optimizing their functioning;
- Facilitating the creation of enterprises by improved streamlining and securing of procedures;
- Promoting a corporate spirit, project maturation and support during the early years of existence using enterprise incubators and nurseries with the aim to reducing young enterprises collapse.
Enterprise Creation Procedures Centres (CFCEs)
Pursuant to the Prime Minister's Instructions (No 001/CAB/PM/of 18 March 2010 and No 004/CAB/PM of 25 May 2012) concerning administrative procedures for enterprise creation in Cameroon and the interministerial circular No 001/MINJUSTICE/MINPMEESA/MINFI/ of 30 May 2012 concerning procedures to follow in the Enterprises Creation Procedures Centres (CFCEs), the Enterprises Creation Procedures Centres bring together the various government departments concerned with the process of enterprise creation in a single geographical location.
The Enterprise Creation Procedures Centre (CFCE) issues, within 72 hours, an attestation of enterprise creation to the promoter and all the supporting documents to prove the legal existence of his enterprise. These documents include:
- The registration certificate issued by the trade registry (court registry fare of 21 000 F CFA; registration fees of 20 000 F CFA);
- The taxpayer’s card (free of charge) with a single identification number;
- The business licence (free of charge) bearing "EXEMPTED";
- The attestation of registration of the enterprise and its paid staff with the NSIF, where applicable.
The Enterprise Creation Procedures Centres (CFCEs) are operational in Yaounde, Douala, Bafoussam, Garoua, Bamenda, Maroua, Ebolowa, Limbe and will soon be established in Bertoua and Ngaoundere.
The cameroun.eregulations.org portal presents, step by step, the major administrative procedures applicable to enterprises and investments in Douala, Yaoundé and Garoua (authorisations to be obtained, documents to provide, legal framework, duration and estimated cost of procedures).
Information is currently available for the following procedures:
- Enterprise creation;
- Building authorisation;
- Documentary title;
- Tax payment;
- Insurance coverage;
- Trans-border trade.
What activities does the APME carry out in promoting the corporate spirit?
The Agency intends to promote the corporate spirit by:
- Establishing the mechanisms for choosing the best projects;
- Arousing interests, promoting a business spirit and a business creation methodology by organizing "entrepreneurship clubs" in high schools, institutes and universities, in collaboration with the supervisory authorities;
- Supervising and coaching, in incubators, project promoters selected by leaders trained for that purpose and in accordance with some procedures to be defined;
- Establishing a support mechanism for young post-incubation businesses, in order to increase the chances of success of each business promoter;
- Advising and assisting the ideas and project promoters.
What are the APME’s business development support actions?
APME’s support actions for SMEs development include:
- SMEs organisational, strategic and functional systematic diagnosis (financial, marketing, technical, legal, etc.)
- Building up the managerial skills of SMEs managers;
- Identifying specific technical training modules per sector or branch of activities and the establishment of long-lasting training mechanisms;
- Establishing SMEs monitoring and evaluation of mechanisms;
- Structuring SMEs;
- Promoting SMEs horizontal and vertical partnerships and networks;
- Backing up the SMEs support, follow-up and assistance units;
- Reinforcing the local consultancy sector by compiling, in particular, a repertoire of consultants/ trainers and assisting promoters in securing funding and in their relations with banks;
- Establishing the cheque-service/counsel-training mechanism;
- Promoting the standards and quality principles within the SMEs;
- Codifying the involvement of regional and local authorities in the development dynamics of Cameroon’s SMEs.
- Developing local resources through the creation of product poles and rural and semi--urban enterprises;
- Promoting Enterprise Societal Responsibility (ESR) within the SMEs in order to cause them to get involved in sustainable development challenges.
How does APME promote cooperation activities in favour of SMEs?
APME has the duty to create a synergy of actions around the SMEs ecosystem. It therefore establishes a framework of dialogue between all stakeholders of the ecosystem. This coordination ensures greater effectiveness in the mechanisms of creating and developing SMEs. Partnerships can be developed in two ways:
- At the national level, they bring enterprises closer together, resulting in the formation of corporate networks, the creation of business clusters or grapes, and the inter-business or inter-sectorial exchanges, especially through:
- The promotion of the actions of intermediary organisations for small and medium-sized enterprises (consulting firms, Authorized Management Centres, support units, resource centres, professional or employer organisations, etc.) ;
- Support to the reinforcement of intermediary organisations that support small- and medium-sized enterprises;
- Facilitation of the creation and development of small and medium-sized enterprises support networks;
- Facilitation of partnerships between SMEs and major enterprises, and the promotion of industrial buddy system.
- At the international level, they will enable local enterprises to benefit from the experience of foreign enterprises in different ways, and will be a means to put local enterprises face to face with international realities while keeping them abreast with international standards thanks to the technological watch that is becoming automatic.
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