Recently, the Ministry of Industry of Cameroon has made public the program of activities presented to Parliament for fiscal year 2022, in which the plan to create a second cotton mill unit in the country is announced.
“This action will significantly increase the rate of cotton processing and drastically reduce imports of textile products,” it was announced. This new spinning mill is expected to have a production capacity of 300,000 tons per year, allowing diversification of national production to meet the needs of the state in terms of clothing.
The announcement of the new spinning unit comes at a time when the Cicam (Cameroon Cotton Industrial Plant) is facing some difficulties. A few years ago it was the main power in the textile industry in the Cemac area, but now Cicam only controls approximately 5% of the local market, due to the invasion of the local textile market by imports and contraband products.
The main sector that this spinning unit will cover will be the field of clothing for the main technical bodies of the State, from security forces and bodies, to school uniforms.
During the period 2020-2030, the Cameroon National Development Strategy (SND) aims to increase the share of the secondary sector in GDP from 28.2% in 2018 to 36.8% by 2030. The strategic perimeter adopted by the Government comprises nine driving industrial by-products, including the textile sector.