Cameroon : Paul Biya Ratifies Several Cooperation Agreements with Three African Countries

 President Paul Biya ratified a series of agreements with three African countries and one South American country on August 1st…

Paul Biya Ratifies Agreement with three african countries

 President Paul Biya ratified a series of agreements with three African countries and one South American country on August 1st 2023.


The first is a defence cooperation agreement between Cameroon and Algeria, signed on 31 July 2022 in Algiers. The agreement, signed for a period of 10 years and tacitly renewable for a further year, provides for increased military cooperation between the two countries. This includes establishing and maintaining contacts between the ministries responsible for defence issues, the fight against terrorism, the exchange of experience and information of mutual interest, and training.

The second agreement, signed on 24 February 2021 in Yaoundé, concerns air transport services between the two countries. It revises the 1974 agreement and is designed to promote tourism and boost trade between the two countries. In particular, it provides for the opening of a direct air link between Algiers and Yaoundé, which should facilitate travel and boost the development of trade and tourism via their respective airports.

The third is a bilateral agreement between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea for cooperation in the exploitation of cross-border oil and gas fields. The agreement was signed on 17 March, on the sidelines of the 15th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). The agreement commits the two governments to work together to develop, monetise and make profitable several oil and gas fields located along the border that separates the two countries. According to the government, under this agreement Cameroon will benefit from the new Punta Europa gas facilities in Equatorial Guinea for the processing of Cameroonian gas.

The fourth is a framework agreement on defence and security cooperation between Cameroon and Egypt, signed on 11 October 2022 in Yaoundé and valid for three years. Under this agreement, Yaoundé and Cairo undertake to cooperate on military training, logistics services, the exchange of experts, military intelligence, electronic information and communication systems, military medicine and military industry.

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