Working with our local partners, Frontier Horizons is able to help our clients operate safely and efficiently within Cameroon. We assist our clients with provision of comprehensive risk assessments, due diligence, tracking support, and security training to facilitate setting up and operating in the country. We are able to advise on Maritime Security, Meet and Greet Services, Physical Guarding of Facilities and Property, Crisis Management and Security Emergency Response.
Population 24,458,773 (2017)
Currency CFA Franc
Language(s) English, French
RECENT TERRITORY UPDATES
The Cameroonian government is facing growing unrest as teachers and lawyers in the English-speaking regions continue to strike against the marginalization of English speakers in the country. A doctors’ strike in Yaoundé on 17 April left patients without critical care. Internet access has been restored to the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions of the country. A UN envoy urged the Cameroonian government to release detainees in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The government of the Nigerian state of Borno announced plans to evacuate the 78,000 displaced Nigerians taking refuge in Cameroon, back to their home country. Approximately 7,000 Nigerian refugees have been repatriated to their home country in the past month. Doctors Without Borders released a statement saying that it had witnessed Cameroonian officials forcibly removing Nigerian refugees since 2016. A Cameroonian military tribunal sentenced Radio France’s International correspondent, Ahmed Abba, to prison for “failure to denounce acts of terrorism”. Amnesty International called the sentence a “travesty of justice”. The government of Cameroon has named English-speaking secessionist groups responsible for recent arson attacks on public buildings. Laurent Sakou of the Germany geosynthetics company, Huesker, presented a proposal for using geosynthetic materials for the construction of arterial roads in Cameroon, claiming that geosynthetic technology could drastically cut costs and construction time.
English-speaking residents of Anglophone cities stayed home from work and school for a week to protest the dominance of the French language in Cameroon. A Cameroon civil society urged Anglophone regions to continue to protest against the marginalisation of English speakers. The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) President and Secretary General, were arrested by the Cameroonian government on 17 January, as well as hundreds of its supporters. Cameroon shut down internet access to English-speaking regions following protests and strikes by its residents. A radio station in an English-speaking region was shut down, after accusations of civil disobedience in a call-in show discussing strikes in the region. Complaints of human rights abuses by the WWF in Cameroon will be investigated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD). A helicopter crash near the Nigerian border claimed the life of a Cameroonian General. The World Bank predicts Cameroon’s economy will grow by 5.7 per cent in 2017.
Relations between Cameroon and Nigeria were bolstered following visits between the respective heads of states. The border between Cameroon and Nigeria was completely reopened for the first time in three years, signaling success between the two countries in the fight against Boko Haram. Thousands of teachers and lawyers in English-speaking regions of Cameroon, including the North-West and South-West regions, organised strikes and protests. United Nations (UN) Human Rights Experts urged the government of Cameroon to exercise restraint and begin using peaceful dialogue to deal with protestors. International organisations called for formal investigations into potential human rights violations due to violence against English-speaking protestors. Two people were killed after a suicide bomber, suspected to be connected to Boko Haram, attacked a Christmas market in the northern town of Mora. The IMF Chief, Christine Lagarde, joined a Cameroon summit on oil troubles. Cameroonian President Paul Biya said that Cameroon’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped substantially. The Bank of Central African States (BEAC), based in Yaounde, estimated that 2016 GDP growth in the area will not exceed one per cent. After constant attacks from Boko Haram have slowed the economy in the Far-North, the Cameroonian government is pledged a $58.1 million stimulus package to increase economic activity.
In foreign affairs, Cameroon ratified the EU Economic Partnership Agreement in early August 2016. The border between Cameroon and Nigeria was reopened in August due to Boko Haram being sufficiently defeated and security in the region restored. The European Union announced a large amount of humanitarian aid to Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad to provide additional assistance in the face of large numbers of refugees from the Boko Haram violence in the region. In economic affairs, Cameroon’s cocoa production is up 16 per cent from last year as the Cameroonian government encouraged new production. Gabonese and Nigerian banks will finance the construction of two major stadium projects in Yaounde and Douala Cameroon. Chad and Cameroon agreed to construct a bridge over the Logone river. Sterling Energy has decided to surrender the Ntem concession in Cameroon due to overlapping border claims that made the block unexploitable. Amnesty International released a report condemning the treatment of suspected Boko Haram militants being kept in Cameroonian prisons. The American military conducted training exercises with the Cameroonian military in ambush tactics as well as border patrol operations. The Cameroonian government announced the roll out of a new biometric national identification system. An attack by Boko Haram on the Gambarou village in Cameroon left 4 dead and 60 buildings destroyed.
The United States (US) gave financial compensation to the family of a child struck and killed by a US diplomatic convoy last month. The United Nations, Cameroon, and Nigeria signed off on a deal to return 80,000 Nigerian refugees that had been housed in Cameroon to Nigeria. The H5N1 virus has resurfaced in Cameroon and authorities have ordered the destruction of 20,000 chickens in the capital, Yaounde. A new militant group has emerged in the Bakassi Peninsula after administrative control of the region shifted to Cameroon early in this year. A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed 11 people in a mosque bombing on 30 June. In economic affairs, Cameroon oil output has risen by 20 per cent in 2016 which, along with higher oil prices, is helping to stabilise government revenue. The UK firm, Victoria Oil and Gas, dispatched a train rig to assist drilling activities in Cameroon.