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Canada-Cameroon relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Cameroon enjoy long standing and friendly bilateral relations. Economic prosperity, the promotion of democratic values, respect for human rights, good governance, official bilingualism and regional security are the pillars of the bilateral relations between the two countries. Canada encourages the concrete efforts that have been made by Cameroon in those areas.

Since 1962, Canada is represented in Cameroon by the High Commission of Canada to Cameroon, in Yaoundé. Canada also has an Honorary Consulate in Douala.

Cameroun is represented in Canada, since 1962, by a High Commission in Ottawa.

Cameroonian Students in Canada

In 2018, with more than 2,000 Cameroonian students in Canada, Cameroon was the second country of origin for students from sub-Saharan Africa.

Trade relations

After over half a century of bilateral relations between the two countries, Cameroon and Canada have evolved from a donor-beneficiary relationship to one of trade partners.

In 2021, two-way merchandise trade totaled almost $99 million. Canadian merchandise exports to Cameroon amounted to more than $87 million and Canadian merchandise imports from Cameroon amounted to almost $12 million.

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Development and humanitarian assistance

For the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year (from April 1 to March 31), Canada's international assistance to Cameroon amounted to more than $33 million.

Canada’s international assistance to Cameroon is in line with the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the African Unions Agenda 2063. In Cameroon, Canada supports health initiatives, particularly those related to maternal and child health, and provides humanitarian assistance. Canada also aims to promote peaceful dialogue and education for women and girls living in fragile countries affected by crisis and conflict. For more information on development projects in Cameroon, consult the Project Browser.

Canada also funds local projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, managed by the High Commission of Canada in Cameroon, in Yaoundé.

Furthermore, Canada awards scholarships through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarships Program.

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Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Cameroon work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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