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Biya carries Cameroon’s debt file, 12 billion humanitarian action plan to China

Cameroon’s debt file with China, the emergency humanitarian action plan for the displaced population of the North West and South West Regions worth FCFA over 12 billion are among important issues which President Biya will discuss with his Chinese counterpart as the third summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) rumbles off September 3 in Beijing.

Paul Biya and XI Jinping

Biya’s delegation reportedly left Yaoundé with draft agreements in that light. Top among them is a draft agreement on the restructuring of Cameroon’s debt to China. There is another draft agreement on the emergency humanitarian assistance plan and another on judicial cooperation.

President Biya in an exchange with his Chinese counterpart President XI Jinping at the Great Hall of the People has requested foe a partial of complete cancellation of Cameroon’s debts to China.

After that meeting prior to Monday’s kick off , the Chinese in what is believe to be diplomatic gains accepted to help Cameroon on key projects.

In the health domains, the Chinese have promised to offer technical support at the Yaoundé Gynaco-obstetric hospital, the Buea Regional hospital and another health facility in the Country.

Agreements have also been reached on China declaring its readiness to support the in second phase major road projects across Cameroon.

This diplomatic move comes a little over five months after president Biya visited China. During a state visit to the same country from March 22-24 this year, accords were reached. It amounted to some FCFA 334 billion through donations and other forms within the 2018 financial year.

Cameroon will also return from the conclave following a review of its membership in China’s belt and road initiative. A host of cabinet ministers among which are those of the Economy, public works and trade are with the President in China.

The president of the Chamber of Agriculture and Mines Christoph Ekeng and Celestine Tawamba of Cameroon Employers Union known as GICAM are part of the delegation from Cameroon.

First lady, Chantal Biya will attend a meeting organized by her Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan. It will focus on the fight against HIV/AIDS. This will be on September 4.

The forum also groups policy makers from China and Africa on the one hand and Chinese and African business owners on the other hand.

It should be noted that this current visit of President Paul Biya is his seventh to the People’s Republic of China. Minister Delegate to the Ministry of External Relations in Charge of Relations with the Commonwealth Felix Mbayu puts trade between the two Countries at $2 billion. Mbayu says China is Cameroon’s drive number one trading partner.

©THE NATIONAL TIMES NEWS