ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The
African Union Commission (AUC), led by Chairperson of Moussa Faki Mahamat,
discussed with Cameroonian policymakers and experts on ways of further
strengthening mutual cooperation as well as Cameroon’s role in continental
Chairperson, who recently held a two-day working visit to the West African
nation, was accompanied by a delegation including the AU Commissioner for Human
Resources, Science and Technology, Sarah Anyang Agbor, and the Head of the
Reform Implementation Unit of the AU, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, as well as other
senior officials of the Commission, the pan African bloc AU revealed on Monday.
Faki, who had
a “long and substantive exchange of views” during a one-to-one meeting with
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, also met with Prime Minister Philemon Yang and
Minister of External Relations Lejeune Mbella Mbella.
parties discussed, among other things, various aspects of the implementation of
the African agenda, with particular emphasis given to the continental
integration agenda, according to AU.
welcomed Cameroon’s recent decision to sign the Agreement on the African
Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), also expressed his hope regarding the
prompt ratification of the agreement, it was noted.
authorities intend to complete the ratification process of the Free Trade Area
Agreement by the end of the year,” the AU revealed.
urged Cameroon to sign the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, the Right
of Establishment and the Right of Residence and to join, as soon as possible,
the Single African Air Transport Market, which presently has 26 member parties
since it was launched during the January 2018 AU Summit in Ethiopia’s capital
chairperson further expressed his appreciation to the Cameroonian authorities
for their commitment to the AU reform process, as evidenced by among other
things, the implementation of the 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports to ensure
the financial autonomy of the Union.
the AU, the negotiation of a new cooperation agreement among Africa and the
European Union (EU), which will replace the Cotonou Partnership Agreement after
its expiry in 2020, was also another area of interest among AU and Cameroonian
with President Paul Biya and other Cameroonian officials also focused on peace
efforts at regional and continental levels, with due emphasis given to the pan
African bloc’s goal of “silencing the guns by 2020.”
welcomed the progress made in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group
within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force that includes
Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad,” the statement read.
Biya on his part also expressed his government’s efforts to resolve the crisis
and reiterated its determination to work towards a speedy return to peace and
security, as well as towards the promotion of harmony among all Cameroonians,
the statement indicated.
African bloc, AU, also revealed its support to the determination of President
Biya and the various initiatives that include the launching of a humanitarian
emergency plan to respond to humanitarian needs on the ground.
reaffirmed AU’s “unwavering commitment to the unity and territorial integrity of
Cameroon and rejection of the recourse to violence,” it was noted.
called for an inclusive dialogue and urged all stakeholders to privilege the new
path to facilitate a lasting way out of the crisis based on national leadership
and ownership and that strengthens Cameroon’s unity while respecting its
diversity, according to the statement.
Union is ready to support any efforts, in accordance with its responsibilities
under its relevant instruments,” it added.