"It can be done! We should win
gold in the global endeavor to eliminate poverty significantly by the
year 2015. We only have about ... years left to achieve this noble goal
in our part of the world. The need is pressing for each and everyone of
us to develop self-confidence in the future, and invest in it. That
mental emancipation should begin with action now!
"For this to be, we must
address the way we organize and operate our economy and government. We
have to ensure that responsiveness and accountability are adequate and
increasing in our economic and political dealings. Our leaders,
politicians especially, have to listen to us, act and be very honest
with us! Elections are around the corner." (EITD Research Park
Exhibition News, July 2001).
This Conference is
part of a continuing
series of EITD Research interventions to promote
dialogue on substantive financial, economic and political issues facing
people in Cameroon and around the world.
"Given the ongoing global
economy downturn, and our fixed exchange rate monetary policy, the State
Budget - how our government taxes and spends - is probably our only
independent line of defense and opportunity to bring our country,
region and world out of crisis into prosperity for all. The State Budget
Issues Conference (SBIC) presents a unique opportunity for all
generations of public policy stakeholders to engage one another,
investigate and follow-up compliance with legal guarantees of
fundamental human rights and freedoms and their relations, or lack
thereof, with annual finance laws or state budgets." (D.M. Mbwoge,
Director, EITD Research).
With the need for dialogue on the substantive
issues so great and urgent, and the implications far reaching, the EITD
Research State Budget Issues Conference holding in Yaounde will be the
biggest ever, involving as many public policy stakeholders as possible.
Over 7,000 delegates are expected to attend the Conference. Many more
will share in its build up and outcome.
Join us at the Conference to help engineer
adequate growth in the
economy and ensure it serves all.