Canada - Cameroon Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Canada and Cameroon enjoy long standing and friendly bilateral relations. Economic prosperity, the promotion of democratic values, respect for human rights, good governance and regional security are the pillars of the bilateral relations between the two countries. Canada encourages concrete efforts by Cameroon in those areas. Canada also encourages Cameroonian efforts to overcome regional security challenges, particularly related to actions by armed terrorist groups and the impact of the crisis in the Central African Republic.

Canada in Cameroon

Since 1962, Canada is represented in Cameroon by the High Commission of Canada in Yaoundé. Canada also has an Honorary Consul in Douala.

Cameroon in Canada

Cameroun is represented in Canada, since 1962, by a High Commission in Ottawa.

Common Memberships

The two countries collaborate in multilateral fora such as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

Trade and Investments

Trade Relations

After over half a century of bilateral relations between the two countries, Cameroon and Canada have evolved from a donor-beneficiary relationship to one of trade partners.

In 2015, Cameroon was Canada’s top export destination in the Central African Region.

In 2015, two-way merchandise trade reached $79.9 million. Merchandise exports to Cameroon amounted to $72.9 million and were mainly comprised of cereals, machinery, motor vehicles, articles of iron and steel, and plastics. Imports from Cameroon totaled $7 million and included mineral fuels and oils, wood, rubber, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and other machinery, and vegetables.

Trade Agreements

Both countries signed a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) in March 2014. The Agreement entered into force on December 16, 2016.

The Governments of Canada and Cameroon signed an Avoidance taxation Convention on May 26, 1982.

Cameroonian Students in Canada

In 2015, Cameroon was the 2nd origin of foreign students from Sub-Saharan Africa to Canada with 1876 students.

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

In 2014-2015, the Canadian development assistance, $22.11 million for Cameroon, essentially targeted the sectors of governance, humanitarian assistance, health and education. The main multilateral partner was the United Nations Refugees Agency.

For more information on development projects with Cameroon, see the Project Browser.

Canada funds local projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), managed by the High Commission of Canada in Yaoundé.

Canada awards scholarships through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarships Program.

In 2006, Cameroon reached the completion point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In accordance with this achievement, Canada cancelled Cameroon's $221 million bilateral debt.

Other Relevant Information


June 2016

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