By Nformi Sonde Kinsai
The Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Zacharie Perevet, has called on the management of Cameroon’s largest agro-food industry, Société Sucrière du Cameroun, SOCUCAM, to get involved in the training and professionalisation of Cameroonians in the domain of sugar production.
The call was made recently, during a visit at the company’s production unit in Mbandjock, Upper Sanaga Division of the Centre Region.
The visit came on the heels of the launching of the 2016/2017 sugar season by SOSUCAM.
Stating that the views he expressed during the visit is that of the Government of Cameroon, Perevet stressed on the importance of improving on the “Cameroonisation” of competences that is already on course at SOSUCAM.
He noted with satisfaction the state of employment at the company and encouraged the SOSUCAM management to continue with the transfer of competences from expatriates to Cameroonians.
He lauded the efforts of SOSUCAM towards the modernisation of agriculture in Cameroon. According to him, “such a move requires qualified personnel, who are not yet very much available in our environment.”
The visit was also an occasion for the Minister to evaluate the attachment of SOSUCAM toward Government strategies and actions in the domain of transfer of technology and the promotion of decent work.
On his part, the SOSUCAM CEO’s representative, Ibrahim Halilou, presented the company’s irrigation scheme to the Minister, stating that the technique is a new initiative being applied on their sugar cane farms.
The state of employment and the organisation of work were equally presented to Perevet and his entourage.
It should be recalled that the CEO of SOSUCAM, Louis Yinda, has always maintained that as a Cameroonian company, SOSUCAM has been contributing to the training and improvement of local competences and capacity building of young employees in the sugar sector of the country.
His desire has always been the protection of the company, considering the thousands of jobs its offers to Cameroonians.
SOSUCAM, which is specialised in the production and sale of various brands of sugar, was created in 1965 and it is situated some 100km north of Yaounde.