REPORT ON “THE OHADA PROFESSIONAL DAYS 2013”, a Seminar co-organized by D. MOUKOURI & Partners Law firm and the Fédération of OHADA Clubs in Cameroon with the participation of The Cameroon Bar Association/ Douala, October 21- 23,2013
From the 21st to the 23rd of October 2013, The OHADA Professional Days 2013 were held at the Conference room of the D.MOUKOURI & PARTNERS Law Firm in Douala (Cameroon), on “The Practice of Debt Recovery within the OHADA Zone”.
Co-organized by D. MOUKOURI & Partners Law firm and the Federation of OHADA Clubs in Cameroon, The OHADA Professional Days 2013 brought together Lawyers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Benin, and Cameroon as well as Company Secretaries from Banks and other prestigious commercial companies in Central Africa.
This exchange and participative meeting between professionals of the OHADA Zone aimed not only at endowing the participants with the practical and necessary tools for optimum debt recovery but was also and most especially the best way to celebrate the first anniversary of the adhesion of the Democratic Republic of Congo to OHADA.
The seminar started on Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 10:15 a.m with an opening speech from Barrister Danielle MOUKOURI, Member of the Cameroon Bar Association and Managing Partner of the D.MOUKOURI & Partners Law Firm, who, on behalf the firm and of the
Cameroon Federation of OHADA clubs, started by thanking the participants for attending the event, The Permanent Secretary of OHADA duly represented and the Representative of the President of the Cameroon Bar for their support. It is in this light that she underlined the importance of this exchange platform in the reinforcement of capacities of professionals within the OHADA zone.
Further to this eloquent opening speech, Mr. Alexis NDZUENKEU, Representative of the Permanent Secretary of OHADA, acknowledged the mobilization of Lawyers and Company Secretaries in attendance, which attests of the great interest in one of the most important Uniform Acts of OHADA. His speech equally enlightened on the ten (10) years walk that led to the adhesion of the Democratic Republic of Congo to OHADA.
The Program continued with a speech from Barrister TCHAKOUTE PATIE Charles, Representative of the President of the Cameroon Bar, who congratulated the organizing committee for such an initiative strongly supported by the Cameroon Bar.
The pertinence of the technical presentations handled by experts, the legal drafting and the substance of discussions between participants and experts on:
- Injunction to pay
- Opposition to injunction to pay
- Writs of execution
- Séquestration of tangible properties
- Sequestration of debts
- Garnishment / Seizure-award of debts
- Enforcement proceedings
were able to meet the announced objectives and led to the conclusion that despite its “simplified” appearance, debt recovery within the OHADA system faces a number of obstacles that one should assess methodically.
At the end of this training, Barrister Danielle MOUKOURI, who has been moderator throughout the meeting, intervened to communicate the table of limitation periods and the report of the first Edition of The OHADA Professional Days.
This three-day training session was concluded with the handing of Attestations of participation signed by the Dr Henri TCHANTCHOU: the President of the Cameroonian Federation of OHADA clubs, and the distribution of the OHADA 20th Anniversary gadgets.
Evaluation of the meeting by the attendees and the special thanks of the organizing committee were full of emotion. The participants found no difficulty in expressing their satisfaction and willingness to take part to subsequent editions. This seminar ended on the 23th of October 2013 at about 6pm with a series of photos and a farewell cocktail.
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Barrister Danielle MOUKOURI, member of the Cameroon Bar Association: