Egyptian-Cameroonian Relations
Egyptian-Cameroonian Relations

Intro

Egypt has been one of the top countries that established diplomatic relations with Cameroon after the latter gained independence in 1960. Egypt maintains a strong presence in Cameroon thanks to the Egyptian companies operating there in the fields of infrastructure, energy and trade. Also, 35 of the Al-Azhar scholars are stationed in 22 towns and villages in Cameroon. The two countries are bound by good bilateral relations that improved in the last four years, within the strategy of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to revitalize Egypt’s relations with the African continent.

Mutual visits    

  • In April 2017, the Cameroonian Minister of Industry and Mining visited Cairo and held constructive talks with the Egyptian ministers of trade, industry and mineral wealth. In November 2016, the Undersecretary of Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) visited Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, and signed with the Cameroonian officials a Memo of Understanding on combating corruption.
  • In October 2017, Ambassador Hamdy Louza, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs visited Cameroon and conveyed a message from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President of Cameroon Paul Biya on promoting bilateral relations at all levels and on Egypt’s vision concerning regional and international issues.
  • In May 2017, Cameroonian Minister of Defense Joseph Beti Assomo visited Egypt and held talks with his then Egyptian counterpart Sedky Sobhy. The two parties discussed issues of mutual interest in light of cooperation between Egypt and Cameroon in all fields and they also discussed recent developments in Africa.
  • In April 2017, Ernest Gabu Abobo, Cameroon’s Minister of Minerals, Industry and Technological Development visited Egypt and held talks with Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Wealth Tarek el-Mulla. The ministers discussed means of enhancing bilateral relations in the fields of petroleum and mining and the exchange of expertise to better invest mineral wealth in both countries.
  • In May 2005, the Foreign Minister of Cameroon visited Egypt and heaped praise on technical assistance Egypt provided to the Cameroonian side, expressing his country’s satisfaction on the overall bilateral relations between the two sides.

Economic Relations  

  • Egyptian agricultural experts have visited Cameroon to work with their counterparts on establishing a model farm there. The project includes raising cattle and establishing abattoirs for meat export.
  • The Egyptian construction giant “the Arab Contractors” has won two tenders for infrastructure projects: Yaoundé-Kribi road project and the northern road project of the capital city. The company also works on establishing a network of roads connecting Douala, the major port in Cameroon, with the capital cities of Cameroon’s neighboring countries.
  • The Egyptian El-Swedey Cables works on establishing three power plants in the cities of Bamenda, Blofa, and Balmayu with a total capacity of 40 megawatts at a cost of USD 40 million.

Educational, cultural and technical relations      

  • Al-Azhar plays a distinguished cultural role in Cameroon as it signed an agreement with the Cameroonian Ministry of Education to dispatch 20 teachers to the primary schools to teach the Arabic Language. Also, 35 scholars from Al-Azhar are stationed in different Cameroonian regions to spread the moderate teachings of Islam, in addition to providing scholarships for the Cameroonian students to study at Al-Azhar.
  • The Egyptian Nubian Drums Band visited Cameroon in 2008 to participate in the anniversary of Cameroon’s National Day. Egypt has also agreed to host the Cameroonian Ballet Band to perform shows in Egypt.
  • The Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) has provided logistical and technical support to the Cameroonian International School of Security. The EAPD has organized several training courses to the Cameroonian side in the fields of diplomacy, security, defense, nursing and motherhood, and tourism. It has also financed the digging of four wells in the country and provided medication to enhance Cameroon’s efforts towards combating the outbreak of malaria.