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Cooperation: Cameroon and the United kingdom sign an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in London

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Le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Alamine OUSMANE MEY, porte à la connaissance de l’opinion publique nationale et internationale que, sur Très Hautes Instructions du Chef de l’Etat, S.E Paul BIYA, le Haut-Commissaire du Cameroun au Royaume-Uni de Grande Bretagne et d’Irlande du Nord, S.E Albert NJOTEH FOTABONG, a procédé le 09 mars 2021 à Londres, avec M. Ranil JAYAWARDENA, Sous-Secrétaire d’Etat Parlementaire au Ministère britannique du Commerce International, à la signature d’un Accord de Partenariat Economique Bilatéral entre le Cameroun et le Royaume-Uni de Grande Bretagne et d’Irlande du Nord.

Under the instructions of the Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya, Cameroon’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Nord Ireland, His Excellency Albert NJOTEH FOTABONG, and Mr. Ranil JAYAWARDENA, British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Trade Ministry, signed, on 9 March 2021 in London, a bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement between Cameroon and the United Kingdom and Nord Ireland.

This agreement falls in line with the continuity of trade relationships which already existed between Cameroon and the United Kingdom within the framework of the bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement between Cameroon and the European Union and will enable the two countries to calmly pursue trade transactions after the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on 31 December 2020. With this agreement, Cameroon will continue to benefit from duty - and quota -free preferential access to the British market for all its products. Besides, it will, at diplomatic level, enable to safeguard the historic links between Cameroon and Great Britain.

It is worth underscoring that the bilateral EPA between Cameroon and the United Kingdom marks the ultimate phase of the negotiation process started way back in October 2018 by the Government of Cameroon and the United Kingdom, after the latter contacted the Government of Cameroon on 12 February 2018 to open negotiations for a bilateral EPA between Cameroon and the United Kingdom and North Ireland, on the one hand, and the conduct in Cameroon of a study on the impact of this agreement on Cameroon’s economy, on the other hand, which recommended the negotiation of a quasi-continuity agreement between the two countries./-