Cameroon / by Michelle Ryan

Saudi Arabia’s prime minister expressed his country’s support for Cameroon in its fight against terrorism at an interview following a meeting with the Cameroonian Ministry of External Relations. The United States (US) delivered trucks, power generators, water tanks, and a number of military vehicles in support of Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram. A subsidiary of the Islamic Development Bank signed an $80 million loan with Cameroon for the purchase of agricultural products. Suicide attacks continued in the north of the country throughout the month with attacks in Logone and Kolofata in the Far North Region. Cameroonian defence minister, Joseph Beti Assomo, announced the rescue of around 900 captives in a multinational military operation against Boko Haram. The United States (US) Department of State updated its travel warning on Cameroon and expanded no-travel zones to the Eastern region of the country. Boko Haram violence has disrupted trade between Nigeria and Cameroon and vastly increased the price of basic commodities this holiday season. Biwater International was awarded a contract for $152 million of water infrastructure construction and refurbishment in Cameroon. Socapalm, Cameroon's largest palm oil producer, announced an investment of $63 million to expand its farms in the Littoral region of Cameroon. Cegelec, a French electrical engineering corporation, was awarded a $15 million contract on 15 December to construct a 90 kV power line system between Pangar and Bertoua in the Eastern region.