Cameroon Drafted In Obama’s Muslim Wooing Initiative

By Daniel Gwarbarah| Friday, April 23, 2010| The Post|

Three Cameroonians are heading for Washington D.C. this weekend to attend a summit initiated by the President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama to show the commitment of his country to the economic welfare of the Muslim world. The summit, which is bringing together entrepreneurs from over 50 countries with sizable Muslim population, is programmed to run from April 26 to 27.

In a statement on the importance of such a summit, the Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde, Richard M. Johannsen, said “President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs who are working in Muslim communities around the world…” Maintaining that the need for such a summit was mooted by Obama on June 4, 2009 in an address in Cairo, Egypt, Johannsen said the Washington confab would serve as an avenue for discussion on entrepreneurship and common challenges as well as to share ideas.

Johannsen hoped that the three Cameroonians, Alamine Ousmane Mey, General Manager of Afriland First Bank; Ahmadou Moussa, General Manager of the Poultry Complex in Mvog Betsi Yaounde and Ibrahim Moukouop Nguena, General Manager of Megasoft Cameroun, will be inspired by the summit to explore new avenues to expand their activities and to develop new partnerships. Corroborating Obama, Johannsen said the purpose of the summit would be to “identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.”

In another statement presenting the participants issued by Bouba Monglo, the Information Specialist at the US Embassy, Alamine Ousmane is credited for facilitating access to banking services and finance to develop business in the Cameroon Muslim community. It is noted that he succeeded to have the bank create the Islamic deposit account which is an innovation within the Cameroon banking sector. Bouba stated that these amongst others facilitate business creation and development through the offering of sharia complying solutions to finance income generating activities.

Being a promoter and specialist in the reproduction of chicks, Ahmadou Moussa is hailed for having extended his business to the three northern regions of Cameroon. “He employs almost one hundred people in Garoua, Maroua and Ngaoundere. His business is also implanted in Ndjamena, Chad,” the statement reads in part.

Ibrahim Moukouop, computer engineer and proprietor of Megasoft Cameroun and who is also a lecturer at the Yaounde Polytechnic School, has for the past two years contributed enormously to the promotion of entrepreneurship amongst young engineers. One of his present projects is to encourage young Muslims into entrepreneurship. 

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