The Minister, Secretary General at the Presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, on behalf of the Head of State, President Paul Biya, chaired a sendoff dinner organized in Yaounde on September 27, 2018 in honour of the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon, Kunio Okamura.
The diplomat was conferred the medal of Commander of National Order of Valour in the ceremony which was marked by toasts from both personalities. The representative of the Head of State took a trip down memory lane, recounting strides covered so far in the history of bilateral relations between Cameroon and Japan.
He recalled that Japan demonstrated an unprecedented level of resilience by catapulting itself to the rank of world’s second greatest economy barely three decades after a devastating World War. He said it is for this reason and other factors that the country remains a model to Cameroonians. Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh noted that Ambassador Kunio Okamura in his three years stay in Cameroon, strengthened relations between the two nations, supporting Cameroon in the domain of politics, socioeconomic development, security, education and humanitarian issues.
He cited among others, the FCFA 6.6 billion financing offered by the Japanese government to modernize fish commercialization infrastructure in Youpwe in the Littoral Region, financing of a water project at EIFORCE to the tune of US $5.3 million and a donation of US $3.4 million for refugees.
The Ambassador on his part said his stay in Cameroon was comfortable and trouble- free. He noted he was elated to have done a commendable job, and promised to work in favour of Cameroon when he returns to his homeland. His successor will be traveling to take office in Cameroon on October 9, 2018.