Cameroon Profile

Some figures: 

 Area: 475,442 km²

  Population (1999)/: About 15,500,000

 Annual Population Growth rate: 2.6%/  

 Population in urban areas: 47.2%

 Literacy rate: 60.8%    

Life expectancy at birth: 56.7%    

Growth rate in 2002/2003: 6.0    

Nominal GDP in 2002/2003 (in billions of FCFA): 7.178   

 Non-oil GDP in 2002/2003 (in billions of FCFA): 6.592    

 Average inflation rate in 2002/2003: 2.0%    


Cameroon has an extraordinary diversity of physical features. This diversity owes its existence to the country’s relief, which presents a unique characteristic. Plains make up two localised settings, one in the northern tip of the country on the shores of Lake Chad, and the other at the extreme south-west on the shores of the ocean. An arch of highlands made up of mountains and plateaus takes over from the coastal plains and extends north-eastwards, overlooking in its recess the vast southern Cameroonian plateaus. Four relief features can be distinguished in Cameroon:  

·   the plains and mountains of the north 

·   the highlands of the centre and the west

·   the plateaus of the south of Cameroon

·   the coastal plains.


Humid tropical in the South and dry in the North, with a mean of 25oC in the South and 32oC in the North. In the mountainous zones of the West, the temperature varies according to altitude and becomes cooler.  


Administrative capital: Yaounde 

Economic capital: Douala 

Other big towns: Nkongsamba, Maroua, Garoua, Bafoussam, Bamenda.


English and French (Official languages)

240 local languages spoken by 240 enthnic groups.


 Secular state with Islam and Christianity as main religions. It should be noted that a good margin of the population remains animistic. 

Religious holidays: Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Assumption, Christmas, End of Ramadan, Feast of the Ram

Official holidays:  New Year’s Day, Youth Day (11th February), Labour Day (1st May), National Day (20th May) 

Working hours:  Mondays to Fridays: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm


Currency: CFA Franc. 



Nos Partenaires

Chambre d'Agriculture, des Pêches, de l'Elevage et des Forêts du Cameroun (CAPEF)
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie du Bénin
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Cote-d'Ivoire
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie du Burkina-Faso;
Chambre de Métiers et de l'Artisanat de la Vendée
International Chamber of Commerce
La Bourse de Sous-Traitance et de Partenariat du Cameroun (BSTP-CMR)
Agence de Promotion des Investissements (API)
Le Fonds National de l’Emploi (FNE)
Agence des Normes et de la Qualité du Cameroun (ANOR)
Institut National de la Statistique du Cameroun (INS)
L'Agence de Régulation des Marchés Publics (ARMP)
Le Douala Stock Exchange
Investir en Zone Franc
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones
L'Institut international de recherche sur les cultures des zones tropicales semi-arides (ICRISAT)
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Organisation Mondiale du Commerce(OMC);
Centre de Commerce International (ITC)
Programme des Nations-Unies pour le Développement au Cameroun (PNUD)
Organisation des Nations Unies pour le Développement Industriel (ONUDI)
L'Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (United States Agency for International Development ou USAID)
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Banque Mondiale
Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD)
Cameroon On Business