Cameroon / by Alistair Galloway

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.

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