Canada - Cameroon Relations
Canada and Cameroon enjoy long standing and friendly bilateral relations. Economic prosperity, the promotion of democratic values, respect for human rights, good governance, official bilingualism and regional security are the pillars of the bilateral relations between the two countries. Canada encourages the concrete efforts that have been made by Cameroon in those areas.
Canada in Cameroon
Since 1962, Canada is represented in Cameroon by the High Commission of Canada in Yaounde. Canada also has an Honorary Consulat in Douala.
Cameroon in Canada
Cameroun is represented in Canada, since 1962, by a High Commission in Ottawa.
Trade and Investments
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 2017, Cameroon was Canada’s top export destination in the Central African Region.
In 2017, two-way merchandise trade totaled nearly $52.4 million. Canadian merchandise exports to Cameroon amounted to nearly $43.3 million and were mainly comprised of cereals, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and transport material. Canadian merchandise imports from Cameroon amounted to nearly $9.1 million and included wood, rubber, and electrical and electronic machinery and equipment.
Both countries signed a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in March 2014. The Agreement entered into force on December 16, 2016.
In December 2017, Canada concluded an air transport agreement with Cameroon. The Agreement will facilitate the operation of code-sharing between Canada and Cameroon. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another air carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings. Canada will work to complete its domestic procedures to ratify the Agreement. In the meantime, the Agreement is being applied on an administrative basis.
A convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income entered into force between Canada and Cameroon in 1988.
Cameroonian Students in Canada
In 2017, Cameroon was the fifth country of origin of foreign students from Africa –after Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia– with 1870 students in Canada.
Development and Humanitarian Assistance
In 2015-2016, the Canadian development assistance, $21.54 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 also funds local projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, managed by the High Commission of Canada in Yaounde.
Furthermore, Canada awards scholarships through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarships Program.
In 2006, Cameroon reached the completion point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In accordance with this achievement, Canada cancelled Cameroon's $227 million bilateral debt.
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