SAGO 2018. Involvement of Citizens in Cameroon’s Emergence Drive under Focus

The 7th edition of governmental actions trade fair dubbed SAGO has kicked off in Yaounde with focus on citizenship involvement in Cameroon’s emergence by 2035 as prescribed by the Head of State, Paul Biya at the centre of discussions. Some 300 enterprises drawn from the public and private sectors are taking part in the event that opened on July 24 in Yaounde.

Shawn-Nathan EPANG

The Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex could be mistaken for a market since Tuesday July 24 as exhibitors from both the public and private sectors have thronged the venue for the 7th edition of the Governmental Actions trade fair codenamed, SAGO. Organisers of the annual event say some 300 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s exhibition with about 70,000 visitors expected in the course of the weeklong event (24-29 July 2018).

Speaking during the inaugural ceremony, the President of the Organising Committee, Patrice Assiga Eyene, expanded on this year’s theme “Cameroon on the way to emergence; Public Policies and the Involvement of Citizens.” To him, public policies impacts lives and future of citizens directly or indirectly. Thus, it is incumbent on everyone to know what the government is doing and what he/she can do to improve on public policies. Reports of previous editions of SAGO, he said, are published to better shape government policies for the wellbeing of citizens and local development. Citizens’ involvement for the attainment of emergence by 2035 is therefore crucial as the vision is designed to take Cameroon out of poverty.

The Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, Georges Elanga Obam before cutting the opening ribbon, rejoiced that the theme highlights the economic aspect of decentralisation which is often ignored. Speaking on the theme “Decentralisation at the heart of local development,” he said local councils have enormous economic potentials which needs to be valorised. Their Development Plans drawn up with the assistance of National Participatory Development Programme (PNDP) are veritable levers for development. Mr Obam thus enjoined all institutions to inculcate local development in their organisational strategies.

For five-days, participants will not only come in contact with “made in Cameroon” products and other goods and services exhibited by public and private enterprises, but will also witness conferences and debates on various themes such as “implementation of programme budget; levers for good governance and citizenship” and “public policy in the water and energy sector” amongst others.

The presence of other Cabinet Ministers at the opening ceremony notably the Minister of Communication and Government Spokesman, Issa Tchiroma Bakery, the Minister of Transport, Ernest Ngalle Bibehe, Jules Doret Ndongo of Forestry and Wildlife amongst others lends credit to government’s support to private initiatives aimed at improving public policy and wellbeing of the population.

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