Towards an intensification of the Cameroon-Canada economic cooperation

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Iya Touré, Délégué général du Québec pour les pays d’Afrique francophone avec résidence à Dakar au Sénégal, a été reçu en audience ce 26 juillet 2021 par le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey.

The two personalities discussed the consolidation, densification and diversification of the economic cooperation between Quebec and Cameroon. The host of MINEPAT, on an official visit since he took office, wants to discover the potential of Africa to create business opportunities with Quebec. As far as Cameroon is concerned, the objective in his opinion is to prospect for the creation of a Quebec representation in Douala, an economic city par excellence, to concretise business opportunities in investments.

The Minister seized this opportunity to display the economic assets of Cameroon, which has just adopted its 2020-2030 National Development Strategy; the main target of which is the structural transformation of the economy. He also welcomed the timely initiative of Quebec, because of its compliance with the development objectives of Cameroon, definitely geared towards its emergence in 2035. The two personalities also discussed the issue of immigration with regard to achievements in terms of education and training, but also in terms of professional mobility, where a possible partnership for temporary or permanent immigration is envisaged with the Cameroonian Ministry of Employment. Alamine Ousmane Mey welcomed the proactive policy of the Canadian government in education and training. “This policy is in line with the development objectives of Cameroon, as forming a quality human capital is one of the pillars of the NDS30” stated the Minister. He reassured the Delegate General of the availability of all his services to accompany him in his noble mission.

For the record, Iya Touré is a Quebecer of Senegalese and Guinean origin. He is the Delegate General of Quebec in Dakar, Senegal, with jurisdiction over Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Togo, Gabon and Gambia. He is on a one-week working visit to Cameroon and has already been granted audience by Joseph Dion Nguté, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, and Mbella Mbella, the Minister of External Relations on Monday, 26 July 2021. Moving on with his visit, he shall head to Douala, the culminating point of his mission.