According to the Small and Medium-scaled Enterprises (SMEs) director at Minpmeesa, Jean Marie Louis Bagda, they have launched a project to create communal directories to register artisans and those of the informal sector wishing to establish a business there by sparing them the burden of travelling to divisional or regional headquarters to legalise their businessesMinpmeesa have created the centre for Legalisation of Enterprises in five of 10 regional capitals: Douala in the Littoral, Yaounde in the centre, Garoua in the North, Bamenda in the North West and Bafoussam in the West. These centres which are already functional provide the possibility of creating an enterprise in 72 hours. Three of such centres have been newly created in Limbe in the South West, Ebolowa in the South and Maroua in the Far North of the country and will be inaugurated in the days ahead. The remaining two centres in Bertoua in the East and Ngaoundéré in the Adamawa are yet to be constructed but are currently included in the 2014 state budget. “In 2014, we want each region to have a centre for the Legalisation of Enterprises. These centers will reduce the cost, time and even the cumbersome bureaucratic procedure usually involved in the creation of an enterprise. The creation of an enterprise has now moved from 43 days to 72 hours (three days),” Bagda told this reporter.

Valentine MULANGO