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January 15, 2021

By Karen Fulton and Bulela Mungeka

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Cameroon

KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2021


 

Measures to contain the spread of COVID‑19

In a bid to curb the spread of the Covid‑19 virus, the Cameroonian Government took the following decisions:

  • On 18 March 2020, the Cameroonian Prime Minister closed its land, air, and sea borders.
  • On 30 March 2020, the Minister of Health announced the imminent launch of a door‑to‑door coronavirus test campaign in the economic capital. The said test lasted from 2nd to 6th April.
  • On 10 April 2020, the Government took seven additional measures to stop the spread of COVID‑19 in Cameroon. These measures included wearing a mask in all areas open to the public, local production of drugs, screening tests, protective masks and hydro‑alcoholic gels and establishment of specialized COVID‑19 treatment centres in all regional capitals amongst others. The said measures took effect on Monday, 13 April 2020.
  • On 15 April 2020, following the claims of the Human Rights Commission of the Cameroon Bar Association, the Cameroonian President announced the release of certain prisoners in connection with COVID‑19.
  • On 5 May 2020, the Minister of Health announced the provision to healthcare personnel of 50,000 coveralls, 320,000 surgical masks, 220 backpack sprayers, and 10,000 pairs of overshoes.
  • In June 2020, the Government announced that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations would be postponed until 2022.
  • In his end of year address to the nation, the President of the Republic reiterated the importance of wearing masks in public places and respecting barrier measures.

 

Suspension of employment contracts for economic reasons

The Cameroonian Labour Code makes provision for companies to terminate employment contracts due to economic reasons. This is a measure that many companies have resorted to as a result of the economic hardship they have encountered due to COVID‑19.

With thanks to Karen Fulton and Bulela Mungeka of Bowmans for their invaluable collaboration on this update.

 

KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2019


 

Disability legislation introduced regarding protection and promotion

The Government of Cameroon approved the Decree nº 2018/6233/PM, of 26 July 2018, for the implementation of Law no. 2010/002, of 13 April 2010, on the Protection and Promotion of Disabled People. This statute promotes the education and professional training of disabled persons, setting up training centres adapted to disabled persons and establishes some preferential treatment of disabled persons on vocational training and on jobs specifically created by the State or international organisations.


 

Vocational training becomes a national priority

Law no. 2018/010 which came into force on 11 July 2018, imposes obligations in relation to vocational training on the State of Cameroon to establish general guidelines and ensuring the guidelines on vocational training is in the two official languages (French and English). Continuous vocational training is also covered by this statute, which means that when a worker benefits from training, it may be agreed that the worker must remain employed for a given period based on the vocational training provided or in respect of further training costs.


 

New legislation regarding apprenticeships

Without prejudice to the application of provisions of the Cameroon Labour Code, Law nº 2018/10, of 11 July 2018 established a new regime whereby no person below the age of fourteen may be engaged under an apprenticeship agreement or scheme, and the apprenticeship manager must be aged at least 21 years with no criminal record.

With thanks to Jean Aimé Kounga of The Abeng Law Firm and Nuno Gouveia and João Gama Gonçalves of Miranda & Associados for their invaluable collaboration on this update.

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Suzanne Horne
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Kirsty Devine
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