(TIC Mag) – From February 6 to 9, 2017, all young promoters of ICT projects living in the city of Yaoundé and its surroundings are invited to go to the esplanade of the Yaoundé town hall at the occasion of the “Globe-trotter of the digital economy” operation launched by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel). This is the brand new concept developed by the Cameroonian government through Minister Minette Libom Li Likeng (photo) to provide young people wishing to embark on the digital economy with all the assistance and supervision promised by the head of the State in its speeches of December 31, 2015 and February 10, 2016.
Since the announcement, the minister and her team have been working hard to ensure that the president’s promise does not fall short. They are redoubling their efforts, reflection and inventiveness to translate into action the impetus given by the head of state. This is how they organized activities such as holding two videoconferences with young people or organizing the Androïd village. Activities that obviously met the enthusiasm of the target.
But another impact of these meetings with young project leaders was also the established observation that good ideas exist, but for the most part lack maturity to be able to be transformed into business projects.
According to the minister, in her speech to launch the “Globe-trotter of the digital economy”, the number of projects already identified by the ministry stands at nearly 2,700, but “they all expressed the need for a appropriate support by the public authorities, in training, project framing, best practices and the creation of a viable and sustainable digital company ”. It is to remedy this situation that the ministry therefore imagined the operation “Globe-trotter of the digital economy”
What does it consist on ?
The Globe-trotter of the digital economy is therefore presented as a dynamic and mobile activity which takes place upstream of the establishment of a future cyber park in Yaoundé. It is thus a preliminary step intended to create a framework for consultation between experts and project promoters.
During these four days, the aim will be to guide young people through the mysteries of laws, regulations, obligations and rights, as well as the protection of intellectual property for the development of their business plan.
From 06 to 9 February 2017 therefore, stands are open for ICT project leaders to support them in setting up and maturing their projects. Throughout these sessions with the advisers made available to them, young people present their needs and possible difficulties, regardless of the level of progress of their project.
The information thus collected is saved in a secure database, to turn them into viable and bankable projects.
The Minpostel, to support young people, called on CAFAISE (Cameroonian Facilitation, Investment and Business Service). He is an experienced technical partner, specializing in the areas of business plan preparation, finance and legal affairs.
Other experts support the initiative through presentations, discussions and demonstrations. These are the Cameroonian Bank of Small and Medium Enterprises (BPCME), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the African Institute of Informatics (IAI) or the Cabinet AG Consulting.