The professionals of mechanical engineering and welding of Cameroon, gathered in Yaoundé in January 2015 on the occasion of the working session bringing together the professionals for a reflection of development and capacity building and sustainable development, driven by an unwavering desire to develop local know-how without the sub-region for the needs of creating a local workforce for structuring projects and to fight sustainably against poverty, have decided to set up a research and training framework, exchange consultation. The Cameroon Welding Association in frensh "Association de Soudure du Cameroun", since it is it, is a group of professionals in mechanical engineering and welding in Cameroon whose mission is to organize the dissemination framework research and develop training tools that will enable its members to meet the competitive criteria of the job market.

The Cameroon Welding Association (CWA) aims to start from the International Welding Institute whose acronym in English is "International Institute of Welding (IIW)". To do this, it in no way constitutes a welding institute competing with the latter and is even encouraged by the latter.

For this, professionals in mechanical engineering and welding are getting organized with the aim of setting up a framework conducive to sharing experiences with a view to organizing symposia, seminars, conferences and training courses to promote all trades and activities linked to welding for sustainable economic development and social progress in the interest of all. It is in fact the promotion of the activities of engineers and technicians for the design, the manufacture, the realization of the welds and the inspection very useful in the implementation of the structuring projects and allowing the sustainable development and the fight against poverty in order to improve the economic situation of Cameroon and ensure its emergence of development in the perspective of its affirmation for the transformation and management of natural resources.

The association will take into account the good initiatives that emerge in the various research poles from other sectors of activity that are likely to achieve concrete achievements, reflecting real development concerns. Examples of such initiatives will include:

  • School, health and social infrastructure and equipment;
  • Construction of temporary or permanent bridges and infrastructure;
  • Construction of agricultural, textile and mining machinery;
  • Shipbuilding and aeronautics;
  • The construction of land transport vehicles;
  • Training and retraining of technicians;
  • Training and retraining of engineers.

Chapter 1: name, duration, registered office and purpose

Article 1 : of the name

It is created in Yaoundé. District of Yaoundé 3rd, Mfoundi department, central region, in accordance with Law N ° 90/053 of December 19, 1990 relating to freedom of association, an association called: Association de Soudure du Cameroun abbreviated in French ASC and in English CWA.

Article 2: seat and duration

The CAW is a non-profit, non-political and open-ended association. The national headquarters are located in Yaoundé, capital of the Mfoundi department, central region.

Article 3: objectives of the association

The objectives of the CWA are to:

  • Create a framework for meeting, reflection and consultation with a view to strengthening the close ties that unite its members and better discussing development problems which concern the promotion of the development of technology and science;
  • Participate in the acceleration of local industrial production
  • Adopt a positive synergy of action by developing and implementing overall strategies for the development of training and the popularization of welding trades;
  • Work through actions of a social, cultural and economic nature to promote the image of the association.
  • Work for the promotion of bilingualism, so all these activities and documents will be systematically in French and English.

Chapter 2: members

Article 4: membership

      (1) In addition to the founding members who sit at the constitutive general assembly, any technician, engineer or any person with knowledge enabling him to acquire welding training and who expresses his will on written request is a member of the ASC. , which after study receives the favorable opinion of the general assembly. However, the Cameroon welding association distinguishes between two categories of members: straight members and honorary members.
      (2) Ex-officio members include the founding members who initiated the constitution of the association, and who participate in its financing and administration, and those who will join subsequently.
      (3) An honorary member is any state or non-state body which, through its expertise and action, contributes to the development of the association, to its sustainability and to its fulfillment, and is elected as such by the general assembly. 2/3 of the members on the proposal of the board.

Article 5: loss of membership

Membership is lost by resignation, suspension or radiation for serious reasons pronounced by the general assembly.

Article 6: rights and duties of members

      (1) Each member registered on the nominative list has the duty to:
      • Respect the statutes and internal regulations;
      • Pay their membership fees and membership fees;
      • Respect the decisions of the general assembly.
      (2) Each member during his membership period has the right to:
      • Benefit from the services of the association;
      • To elect the members of the office and to be elected;
      • Participate in the vote within the association;
      • Receive all the information they want from the association.
      (3) Honorary members, by virtue of their status within the association, are exempt from membership and subscription rights and therefore cannot participate in the vote or be elected within the structures of the association.
      (4) The conditions for exercising these rights and duties will be specified by the internal regulations.

Chapter 3: structure and operation of the CWA

Article 7: governing bodies

The Cameroon Welding Association operates with the following bodies:

  • The general Assembly
  • The executive office

Article 8: of the general assembly

      (1) The General Assembly is the supreme body of the ASC. It is held twice a year in ordinary session, convened by the President of the executive committee and President of the association, and its duration per session may not exceed 2 days.
      (2) The ordinary general assembly is held at the headquarters of the association or any other place designated by the executive board and its work is chaired by the president of the executive board who is the president of the association.
      (3) The mission of the general assembly is to:
      • Set the main orientations of the association;
      • Amend the basic texts of the association in the event of a duly justified need;
      • Elect the members of the executive board;
      • Deliberate on the issues on the agenda and provide for the renewal of management bodies;
      • Approve the accounts for the previous fiscal year and vote on the budget for the following fiscal year.
However, the general assembly can also be held in extraordinary session, with a very specific agenda. It is then convened by the president of the executive board and president of the association, at the express request of at least 2/3 of the members of the association. The extraordinary general meeting cannot exceed a period of 24 hours.

Article 9: participants in the general assembly

The General Assembly includes all members up to date or not in their obligations to the association. But only participate in the legal sessions for members who are up to date with their obligations to the association. However, depending on the items on the agenda, the chairman of the executive board may call on certain people for their experience or expertise.

Article 10: of the executive board

      (1) The executive board is the body for executing the decisions of the general assembly, it is made up of ten (10) members including:
      • A president;
      • A vice-president
      • A secretary general
      • A deputy general secretary
      • A treasurer
      • An assistant treasurer
      • Two statutory auditors
      • Three advisers
      (2) The executive committee meets at least twice every quarter and as often as necessary, on convocation of its president who directs the work for this purpose.
      (3) The powers of the executive board relate to:
      • The application of decisions taken by the general assembly;
      • The execution and monitoring of the association's plans and programs.
      (4) The executive board is responsible for translating the action plan and recommendations adopted by the general assembly into action.
      (5) The members of the executive committee are elected by the general assembly by one-round list system, by a simple majority of the votes of the members, for a renewable period of three (03) years.

Chapter 4: resources and expenditure

Article 11: resources

The association's resources come from:

  • Membership fees;
  • Annual contributions;
  • Donations and bequests.
Any member of the association is required to pay membership fees and compulsory contributions, in accordance with the terms set out in the internal regulations.

Article 12: expenses

The association's expenses mainly relate to:

  • The functioning of the executive office;
  • The different forms of aid and assistance;
  • Financing of development projects.

Article 13: management of resources

The association's expenses mainly relate to:

      (1) The management of the association's resources will be carried out according to the standards of commercial accounting applicable in the CEMAC zone.
      (2) In order to ensure better security of funds, a bank account will be opened in the name of the association in an approved institution at the headquarters of the association.
      (3) The conditions for the withdrawal and use of association funds are defined by the internal regulations.

Chapter 4: miscellaneous and final provisions

Article 14: of the internal regulations

Rules of procedure defined and approved by the General Assembly specify, as necessary, the points not provided for by this statute, and especially those relating to certain methods of managing financial resources and operating structures.

Article 15: conventions and partnerships

For the carrying out of its activities, associations may, as necessary, establish with ministerial departments and universities, companies from countries in Africa, Europe, and the rest of the world; non-governmental organizations and organizations of the United Nations system, conventions and partnerships to carry out joint actions.

Article 16: disputes and disputes

Any dispute or dispute that may arise between members of the association or between members and external third parties, for questions of interpretation of the statutes, internal regulations, management or for any other question must be resolved amicably by reference to the basic texts of the association, before any recourse to a competent court. If necessary, only the headquarters courts are competent to rule on cases concerning the association.

Article 17: revision of the statutes

The revision of these statutes can only be done in a general assembly meeting with 2/3 of its members.

Article 18: dissolution of the association

In the event of dissolution pronounced by at least two-thirds of the registered members of the general assembly or by a competent authority, the assets of the association, if any, are vested in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in the Republic of Cameroon.