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Title:Legal Aspects of the Informal Sector in Cameroon
Author:Manga Fombad, Charles
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:informal sector
economic law
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Economics and Trade
External link:http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/afjincol6&id=518&collection=journals&index=journals/afjincol
Abstract:The informal sector in Cameroon, as in many other African countries, is the only part of the economy in full growth during the present period of severe economic depression. Informals will therefore play a capital role in any meaningful economic recovery programme. There is a growing consensus that the best way to improve the performance of the informal sector is to develop policies which enhance its links with the formal sector, integrating them both in a single economic and legal system. After having identified the main - negative - legal consequences of dealing in the informal sector, the present article reviews the laws aimed at encouraging growth within the formal economic sector which the Cameroon government has enacted since 1990 as part of an alleged process of liberalization. For the first time informal activities, such as clandestine transportation, are now recognized as legal and required to be registered and, as such, pay taxes under new and apparently more flexible terms. But the recent reforms have met with little success. The new laws appear to be primarily designed to increase sources of government revenue and have not made it more convenient to operate formally rather than informally, nor have they linked the two sectors in a way that they can complement each other. The conclusion provides some recommendations for reforming the informal sector. Note, ref.