The Minister of Trade shall be responsible for developing and implementing government policy in the area of trade.
In this regard, he/she shall be responsible for:
- developing, implementing and evaluating strategies for promoting Cameroonian products;
- developing regulations on price and monitoring application, in conjunction with relevant Administrations;
- seeking out new markets for Cameroonian products ;
- promoting and defending the quality label for products intended for local and foreign markets ;
- promoting and controlling free and fair competition;
- negotiating and following up the implementation of trade agreements, in conjunction with the Ministry of External Relations;
- promoting the competitiveness of Cameroonian products in foreign markets;
- applying administrative sanctions in cases of fraud or non-compliance with the set standards without prejudice to the attributions of the other relevant government ministries;
- organising and supervising trade fairs;
- following up international trade for Cameroon’s raw materials and by-products, in conjunction with the relevant government ministries and agencies;
- monitoring the application of importation standards, in conjunction with the relevant Administrations;
- monitoring inflation in conjunction with the relevant Administrations;
- monitoring preservation and distribution channels of consumer products;
- monitoring the development and application of standards for measuring instruments and quality control, in conjunction with the relevant Administrations;
-following up relationships with international organisations working in the area of international trade, in conjunction with the relevant Administrations;
- monitoring the development and approval of shelf line-up, preservation and distribution standards of consumer products, and ensuring that these standards are respected by traders, in conjunction with the relevant Administrations;
- following up negotiations with the European Union, in conjunction with the Ministry of External Relations.
He/she shall liaise between the Government and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
He/she shall be the supervisory authority of the following:
- the Consumer Product Supply Regulatory Authority (MIRAP);
- the Hydrocarbons Price Stabilization Fund (HPSF);
- the National Cocoa and Coffee Board.