Consolidating US-Cameroon Economic Relations CCIMC’s President Receives American Diplomat in Audience

“I firmly believe that the contribution of the American business community would be of great value to the ongoing process to lift Cameroon’s economy to middle income level by the year 2035.”

The President of the Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Crafts (CCIMC), Hon. Christophe Eken made the assertionaugust 22 2017during an audience he granted Madam Sara Devlin, Chief of the Political and Economic Section of the American embassy in Yaoundé.The American diplomat who was accompanied by the Political and Economic Specialist in the US Consulate in Douala, Mr. Olivier Dakayi, had sort to know how the CCIMC was instrumental in building strong economic relations between the US and the local business community especially through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) whose Resource Centre the CCIMC is hosting. Madam Sara Devlinin her perfectly bilingual posture, easily switching from English to French, appreciated the work done this far and suggested that the AGOA Resource Centre expand its scope of intervention to organizing training workshops with emphasis on the phyto-sanitary aspects of the AGOA process.

In response, the President of the Cameroon Chamber of Commerce took time off to explain the frontline role his institution plays in Cameroon’s economic development. Preaching by example, Hon. Eken cited the numerous projects laid out by the CCIMC to add value especially to the agricultural sector which he said was the foundation of every economy that aspires for development. The CCIMC President cited the Pilot Incubation Center (CIP) in Douala with its most cherished finished product “Akwakwa” and the ongoing construction of a cassava transformation factory at Sangmelima in the South region as visible signs of his institution’s support to the ambitions of the government of Cameroon to promote second generation agriculture and agroindustrial sector. With other similar projects insight, Hon. Eken expressed hope that American expertise would not only bring in the necessary technology and finances, but also help create jobs for young Cameroonians. Both personalities were satisfied with the uptick in existing ties between their respective countries and took the engagement to collaborate, accelerate andimprove relations to align with the changing world economic order.

The US diplomat used the occasion to invite the Chamber of Commerce to the 30th anniversary celebration of the twining of the US city of Philadelphia and the Douala City Council in October 2017.

The President of the Cameroon Chamber of Commerce was accompanied at the audience by the Secretary General of the CCIMC, Mr. Halidou Bello and some of his close collaborators.

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