The Cameroon Business Forum looks into reforms in Morocco

South-South cooperation between Cameroon and Morocco on improving the business environment: the Cameroon Business Forum meets the National Committee for Environmental Affairs of Morocco under the leadership of UNCTAD.

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UNCTAD Business Facilitation Program has coordinated in October 2015 a study mission in Rabat and Casablanca (Morocco) for the Cameroon Business Forum delegation. This mission was an opportunity to enhance sharing of best practices and South-South cooperation between the two governments on public-private dialogue and reform of the business environment.

The delegation of the Cameroon Business Forum (CBF), led by its Permanent Secretary, Mr. Moise Ekedi, and by Dr. Alexandre Schouame and Amélie Molo from the Prime Minister’s Office and Members of the Technical Secretariat of the CBF, met with high-level representatives from the Moroccan institutions supporting the private sector.

The interactions were particularly successful with the National Committee for Business Environment (CNEA), Moroccan equivalent of CBF. The delegation also met with the Regional Centres of Investment of Rabat and Casablanca to discuss the need to adopt a regional approach to business climate reforms. The CBF also met with the Moroccan Agency for Investment Development to get insight on the Moroccan strategy to attract investors.

The Cameroonian delegation commended Morocco’s progress towards business facilitation, illustrated by the country’s position in the Doing Business ranking. The CBF members paid particular attention to the eSimplifications dashboard recently implemented by Morocco with UNCTAD’s technical assistance and financial support from the German cooperation. This tool is seen as a way to reinforce the administrative simplification undertaken by Morocco for business and investment.