Cameroon

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INFORMATION

Capital: Yaoundé

Government: Unitary Dominant-Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Paul Biya

Economy:

  • Modest oil reserves and favorable agricultural conditions lend Cameroon one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Commercial and economic leader in the sub-region.
  • Highly dependent on commodity exports.
  • Despite this, the economy in Cameroon suffers from economic mismanagement, pervasive corruption, and a challenging business environment (for local and foreign investors).

Population: 24,994,885 (2017)

Land Size: 475,442 sq km (183,568 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Cameroon Highlanders (Bamileke, Bamoun): 31%
  • Equatorial Bantu (Bassa, Douala): 19%
  • Kirdi: 11%
  • Fulani: 10%
  • Northwestern Bantu: 8%
  • Eastern Nigritic: 7%
  • Other African: 13%
  • Non-African: < 1%
Religions:

  • Indigenous beliefs: 40%
  • Christian: 40%
  • Muslim: 20%

Language(s):

  • Budu
  • Beti
  • Pidgin
  • English (official)
  • French (official)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: 2018 Natural Disasters - Japan Appreciates Cameroon's Show of Concern - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Cameroon Tribune] Ambassador Tsutomu Osawa spoke at Emperor Akihito's 85th birthday reception in Yaounde on December 11, 2018.
  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: Decentralisation and Local Development - Mayors Examine Better Forest Management Strategies - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Cameroon Tribune] This was during the 10th General Assembly of the Association of Forest Councils in Cameroon organised in Yaounde recently.
  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: Seidou Mbombo Njoya - Coming Back Home - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Cameroon Tribune] The former Vice President of FECAFOOT, now elected President is expected to put his rich experience in international football to turn the fortunes of Cameroon football.
  • Wed - Dec 12, 2018: Sudcam: Bleeding the Forest and its Dependent Communities - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Greenpeace] Yaoundé -I had the opportunity to do a field visit to communities impacted by Sud-Cameroun Hévéa ("Sudcam"), a rubber plantation company situated in the South region of Cameroon. Sudcam is a subsidiary of Halcyon Agri based in Singapore and is responsible for by far the most devastating new forest clearance for industrial agriculture in the Congo Basin. Halcyon Agri is a supplier to major tyre brands like Goodyear, Continental, Michelin and Bridgestone. An "influential member"
  • Wed - Dec 12, 2018: Environmental Stakeholders Interrogate Sudcam - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Greenpeace] Yaoundé -The negative socioeconomic and environmental repercussions of Sudcam activities in the South of Cameroon has prompted stakeholders from government and civil society to undertake a field mission to Sudcam concession areas. The visit to the villages of Bitye, Edjom, Ndibessong, Zoumeyo and Ekok exposed the plight of local and indigenous communities and the large-scale unregulated deforestation taking place in Cameroon.