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Foreign workers to pay two months salary into state treasury

The Minister of employment and vocational training, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, has reminded foreign companies that one of the requirements for their operations in Cameroon is the payment of two months worth of each worker’s salary into the state coffers.

“Investors who have chosen to settle in our nation, they’re warmly welcome. Let them never be afraid of what we are doing. The law puts in place the collection of two months of salary from all foreign workers here,” Issa Tchiroma said.

He was speaking in Batouri, during a visit to the East region on August 20, where he held working sessions with mining and forestry enterprises in the region.

Tchiroma reiterated that Cameroon has to be given priority in all of their activities. He said each of the foreign companies has to ensure a significant number of Cameroonians are incorporated in the workforce.

He added that those who will fail to comply will not be allowed to leave the country: “You cannot leave the country for as long as you do not present a contract signed by me.”

He said the mechanism which the ministry of employment is working on is based on instructions given by the head of state, with the objective of transforming over 300 rural artisanal centers to up-to-date vocational training centers.

The East region alone has close to 5,000 foreign workers involved in timber and gold exploitation. They are expected make payments during their periods of operation which will be used to upgrade the artisanal centers in the country’s ten regions.

Source: Cameroon News Agency