Cameroon

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Coat of arms: consists of a shield with a banner above and below it. Behind the shield are two crossed fasces. The shield has the same color pattern as the flag of Cameroon, and in the center is a map of the nation. The scales of justice are superimposed on top of the map of the nation.

The banner at the bottom gives the name of the nation in French and English. The top banner contains the national motto: Paix, Travail, Patrie. The fasces are a symbol of the republic's authority, and the scales of justice represent justice.

Flag: the national flag of Cameroon was adopted in its present form on 20 May 1975 after Cameroon became a unitary state. It is a vertical tricolour of green, red and yellow, with a five-pointed star in its center.

The colour scheme uses the traditional Pan-African colours (Cameroon was the second state to adopt them). The centre stripe is thought to stand for unity: red is the colour of unity, and the star is referred to as «the star of unity». The yellow stands for the sun, and also the savannas in the northern part of the country, while the green is for the forests in the southern part of Cameroon.

 
  • Anthem: «Chant de Ralliement» is the national anthem of Cameroon.
  • Official languages: English, French.
  • Geographical location: it is a country wedged in West and Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south.
  • Administrative divisions: the constitution divides Cameroon into 10 semi-autonomous regions, each under the administration of an elected Regional Council. Each region is headed by a presidentially appointed governor.
  • Capital: Yaoundé.
  • Governance: the politics of Cameroon takes place in a framework of a unitary presidential republic, whereby the President of Cameroon is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly of Cameroon.
  • Population: 20.55 million.
  • Currency: Central African CFA franc.
  • GDP: $29.2 billion.
  • Time zone: GMT +1.
  • Telephone code: +237.
  • Barcode: 120.

 

Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Cameroon

Cameroon is an agrarian country, which develops steadily due to oil and gas reserves and favorable conditions for agriculture. Average growth of GDP has been 5% for the last 10 years. Oil is the main export product, its share in total exports is 45%, in total income — 20%.

It is evident that the country has a strategic potential to develop. Due to oil and gas reserves and favorable conditions for agriculture the Cameroonian economy is one of the most self-sufficient economies in Western and Central Africa.

Agriculture, mainly represented by subsistence farming, may be of big interest to Belarusian companies, because the country has a need of machinery and proper infrastructure to process and preserve crops. Huge amounts of crops spoil instead of being exported. The government realizes this problem and simplifies the procedure for machinery procurement.

In 2017, trade turnover between Belarus and Cameroon amounted to $8.7 million, Belarusian exports — $8.3 million, Cameroonian exports — $0.4 million. Belarus mainly exports potassic fertilizers, rods of non-alloy steel, tractors and milk in powder. The country imports wood and fruits from Cameroon. 

In 2017, Belarusian exports of services accounted for $292 thousand, mainly it was education services. 

Belarus's most valuable products, imported by Cameroon

Commodity heading

Products

Exports, in thousand U.S. dollars

The share of Belarusian products in Cameroonian imports

3104

Potassic fertilizers

1829.3

0.027

8701

Tractors and semi-tractors

97.7

0.001

8433

Harvesting and threshing machinery

92.8

0.001

Belarus's most promising products to export to Cameroon:

  • Milk concentrated and in powder, cheese, yogurt;
  • Sunflower oil;
  • Preserved fish (except herring);
  • Confectionery (candies, biscuits, marshmallow);
  • Wines, liqueurs;
  • Chlorine to purify water;
  • Building paints, varnishes;
  • Cosmetics, perfumes and toilet waters;
  • Constructional elements, plates, tubes, hoses of plastics;
  • Tubes, pipes, hoses of rubber;
  • Tyres;
  • Handbags, suitcases;
  • Napkins, towels of paper;
  • Stationery of paper and paperboard;
  • Carpets (prayer rugs);
  • Knitted clothing;
  • Corsetry;
  • Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen;
  • Curtains, drapes;
  • Shawls;
  • Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds;
  • Women's wigs;
  • Sanitary ware;
  • Containers for compressed or liquefied gas;
  • Tool kits for retail trade;
  • Switchboards;
  • Refrigerators, freezers;
  • Road construction and construction machinery;
  • Agricultural machinery and mowers;
  • Electrical transformers;
  • Uninterruptible power systems;
  • Accumulators;
  • Generators;
  • Power-driven pumps;
  • Microphones, loudspeakers, sound amplifiers;
  • Video recording apparatus;
  • Radio navigational aid apparatus;
  • Monitors and projectors;
  • Insulated wire, cables;
  • Optical fibre cables;
  • Motorcycles;
  • Instruments and apparatus;
  • Children's toys.

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This article has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Centre for Marketing and Price Study of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and taken from public sources. The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. In this regard, it may be useful for the companies, which have been working in Cameroon for a long time, as well as for those, which are going to enter this market. Any questions, feedbacks and comments concerning this article are welcome. All of them will be fully considered and taken into account, if possible. If you have any information that may be interesting and useful for the visitors of this page, please write to us.

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