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Title:The evolution of cooperative legislation in Cameroon
Authors:Penn, Godfred A.E.
Ngenge, Wawa A.ISNI
Periodical:Verfassung und Recht in Übersee
Geographic term:Cameroon
Abstract:Against the background of the current economic crisis in Cameroon, the Cameroonian government decided to strengthen the role of cooperative societies. A government policy declaration of early 1991 to this effect was followed by the elaboration of new legislation on cooperatives and common initiative groups, which came into force in 1992. Part one of this paper reviews cooperative legislation in both French and English-speaking Cameroon during the colonial period. Part two reviews the attempt to unify cooperative legislation following the reunification of Cameroon and the impact this has had on the perception of the role of members and that of government in cooperative societies today. Part three reviews the new legislation from the inception of the draft following the policy declaration of 1991 to the promulgation of the law in 1992. The authors conclude that, despite some shortcomings in contents and language, the new law constitutes a more liberal approach towards cooperative societies than its predecessors and thus represents a sign of hope in the current economic situation. Notes, ref., sum. (p. 360).