On the 20th of September 2016, a unanimous decision was taken by the Minister of Mines and Technological Development, Ernest Ngwaboubou, Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda and Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana to ban the production and commercialisation of sachet whisky in Cameroon. This decision was taken amidst the producers of whisky sold in sachets in a close door meeting.
The decision to ban the sales and commercialisation of sachet whisky didn’t just come from the thin air.It is worth recalling that the ban is contained in an inter-ministerial text of 12th September 2014, with its producers given a two-year period of grace. Unfortunately for dealers in sachet whisky, 12th September 2016 marks the expiration of this grace period. This close door meeting between Cameroon’s top officials and dealers of sachet whisky was aimed at arriving at a consensus and forwarding feedbacks to the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang.