Canada - Cameroon Relations

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

The two countries enjoy friendly bilateral relations. They collaborate in multilateral fora such as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the Commonwealth. 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 the practical efforts made in those areas. Canada also encourages Cameroonian efforts to overcome regional security challenges, particularly related to actions by Boko Haram and the impact of the crisis in the Central African Republic.

After over half a century of bilateral relations between the two countries, Cameroon and Canada have moved from a donor-beneficiary relationship to one of trade partners. That change was illustrated by the signing of a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) in March 2014.

In its 2013 Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP), Canada identified Cameroon “as an emerging market with specific opportunities for Canadian businesses,” along with 12 other sub-Sarahan countries. In 2014, Cameroon was both Canada’s first top export destination and first largest import source in the Central African Region, with two-way merchandise trade reaching $179.5 million. Merchandise exports to Cameroon amounted to $67.7 million and were mainly comprised of cereals, machinery, motor vehicles, articles of iron and steel, and plastics. Imports from Cameroon totaled nearly $111.8 million and included mineral fuels and oils, wood, rubber, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and other machinery, and vegetables.

Canada does not provide bilateral development assistance to the government of Cameroon.  Cameroon can receive Canadian development assistance delivered by international and other partners. In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance, $7.79 million for Cameron, essentially targeted the following sectors: governance, including civil society, humanitarian assistance and education. The main Canadian partners involved in Cameroon were Cuso international, CCAF-FCVI Inc and CESO. The main multilateral partner was the United Nations Refugees Agency. Canada continues to fund local projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), managed by the High Commission of Canada in Yaoundé. Canada also awards scholarships through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarships Program.     

For more information on development projects with Cameroon, see DFATD’s Development Project Browser.

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 that initiative, Canada cancelled Cameroon's $221 million bilateral debt. 

May 2015

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