Cameroon’s predominant natural resources are petrol, bauxite, iron ore, timber and hydropower. Oil contributes about 50% of exports and in 2013 Cameroon’s government received 1.5 trillion US$ in extractive revenues – the country ranks 55th in the world’s oil producing countries.
CIA World Factbook, EIA, EITI
EITI status: Compliant
Visit Cameroon’s EITI page
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PWYP Cameroon was launched in August 2005 at a workshop in Yaoundé and has ten members. Much of the coalition’s work focuses on the implementation of EITI, of which Cameroon has been a candidate country since 2007.
The coalition works on making the EITI more accessible to local communities, a key objective in order for Cameroon to reach candidate status of EITI, but also a crucial step in order for transparency to lead to accountability. The coalition pursues this objective through changing the format of EITI reports to make them more accessible and organising outreach events to raise awareness among communities of the initiative.
PWYP Cameroon also works with journalists, building their knowledge in terms of extractive industry issues so that they can report on them more frequently and accurately.
Recently the coalition has also pursued various investigations and evaluations – notably on the involvement of civil society organisations in EITI and how well informed local citizens were to the initiative.
17 October 2013 – Cameroon declared an EITI compliant country and was congratulated by the EITI Board for its sustained commitment and leadership in the implementation of the EITI.
19 – 21 March 2013 – PWYP Cameroon and the Cameroon Union of Journalists organised two events, in Lolabe and Campo, to raise awareness among the local communities about EITI and the extractive industry. They organised activities including radio debates, radio shows in the local languages, public forums on EITI and a training day for journalists.
1 March 2013 – PWYP Cameroon released this assessment on the latest EITI report.
1 February 2013 – PWYP Cameroon held a press conference to share their findings from their investigation into how well informed the local populations of Kribi and Figuil are about EITI and the extractive industry – only 9% of citizens had heard of EITI.
30 January 2013 – PWYP Cameroon published this paper on subnational revenue management in the country and missing funds.
13 December 2012 – PWYP Cameroon issued a press release condemning current threats against civil society activists in the country.
November – December 2012 – PWYP conducted an investigation in Kribi and Figuil to assess local communities’ knowledge of EITI and the extractive industry.
12 July 2012 -CSO members participating in EITI implementation meet M. Tim Bittinger, from the EITI Secretariat, to exchange on EITI related issues.
28 June 2012 – Debrief to the coalition about next steps and decisions taken at the PWYP Francophone Africa meeting in Dakar which took place 12-15 June 2012
You can read the outcome brief (in french) here.
7 October 2011 – Mr. Azantsa Manfoguimezi Berreck Symphorien is hired as the coalition’s new technical secretary
30 August – 2 September 2011 – PWYP Cameroon hosted a strategic workshop to evaluate civil society’s participation in the implementation of EITI in the country. The event sought to examine and resolve the issues behind Cameroon’s lack of compliant status. The agenda focussed on several themes including the sharing of best practices (drawn from the experiences of Liberia, Niger and the CAR) and the analysis of reports. Members identified the strengths and weaknesses of Cameroon’s EITI implementation as well as the actions necessary to achieve compliant status.
The coalition issued a declaration on the workshop (in French).
16 August 2011 The coalition publishes its bilingual (French – English) quarterly magazine, En Toute Transparence