Security Concerns Remain Converging Point

France continues to be Cameroon’s reliable friend with relations between the two countries growing exponentially. Thursday, November 6, 2018 served as another time to further consolidate the growing cooperation ties as President Paul Biya and the Ambassador of France to Cameroon, Gilles Thibault spent over three hours in the Unity Palace audience examining the different aspects. It emerged from the talks that security concerns continue to unite the two countries as the two officials reportedly discussed the war against terrorism and the socio-political crisis in the North West and South West Regions. France is one of Cameroon’s dependable partners in security and defence cooperation manifested by the French material and training support to Cameroon in the war against Boko Haram. France has been at the pivot of training senior military officials in Cameroon in the Yaounde International War College. In the economic and specifically development sector, France has been on the lips of many Cameroonians thanks to the Debt Reduction Development Contracts (C2D) whose third phase that spans for eight years was signed on June 30, 2016. The funds from the programme are being used to boost sectors such as agriculture and rural development, infrastructure and urban projects, budget assistance part of which goes to the education sector, governance and cross-cutting support and partnerships. Information from the French Embassy in Yaounde indicates that trade relations have been on the spotlight. French exports to Cameroon reportedly got to 537 million Euros in 2017. The French economic presence in Cameroon is said to be concretized by over a hundred affiliates and about 200 enterprises belonging to French people. Cultural, linguistics, academic and research cooperation between Cameroon and France are equally concrete, promoted by Institut Français that has two sites in Yaounde and Douala.

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