Success stories in different domains
These women and some have made the difference by representing what gender equality is striving for: equality in opportunity.
Minette Libom Li Likeng
Pioneer Female Customs Director General, now Minister of Post and Telecommunications.
If female administrators had not proven themselves in Cameroon yet, then the likes of Minette Libom Li Likeng are glaring examples of astute pacesetters in administration. She was this October 2, 2015 appointed Cameroon’s Minister of Post and Telecommunications and is expected to bring her magic touch to the country’s communication system. Before being entrusted with this new position, it has been seven years of efficient management and renewed confidence in the country’s customs department under this strong woman.
Barely four years into her term of office as Director General of Customs, Madam Libom defended her title well by recording a 101 percent score in revenue collection in the third quarter of 2012. In addition to having a matchless proof of efficient revenue collection, the Customs Department under her command was also keen on implementing government’s policies. These policies included among others: the reduction of unnecessary price hikes, reduction of the time needed to clear goods from the ports which was basically halved from 21 to 10days as well as instigating new techniques and ethics of the profession among her collaborators. She brought dynamism to the customs department and introduced the performance contract which had as objective to ensure transparency and responsibility among the actors in the customs chain in order to improve on the level of revenue collection and check efficiency.
She is the first-ever female administrator to have occupied such a high position in the country’s finance sector and her outstanding performance has only proven that women are excellent administrators and deserve the country’s trust to head other domains.
Born in Mvieng, in Ntem, in the south region of Cameroon in 1959, Madam Libom is a graduate of the National School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM, in Yaounde. Before her appointment in 2008 as the Director General of Customs, she had occupied many positions in Yaounde and Douala at the Directorate General of Customs before finally appointed on January 18, 2008 as the Director General of Customs in Cameroon. Minette Libom Li Likeng is married and mother of two and remains a source of inspiration to many female administrators in Cameroon.