The French President, Monsieur Valery Giscard d'Estaing, paid his second official visit to Cameroon last week (8-10 February) in the interest of improving relations between France and Africa.
The French President, Monsieur Valery Giscard d'Estaing, paid his second official visit to Cameroon last week (8-10 February) in the interest of improving relations between France and Africa. The visit has been called part of "a new enthusiasm" for co-operation between the developed and developing worlds.
SYNOPSIS: President Giscard and his wife arrived at the new Douala airport on the Concorde and were then flown to the capital, Yaounde. They were joined on the flight by the President of Cameroon, Monsieur Ahmandou Ahidjo. The two parties were greeted in Yaounde by a colourful welcoming ceremony. The French President later discussed various issues concerning the continent of Africa with President Ahidjo. They also exchanged ideas on the continued development of Cameroon and France's programme of aid to the country.
The links between the two countries are strong. And despite Cameroon's economic growth since independence in 1960, the country remains dependent on foreign investment and the export of primary commodities. France is interested in increasing economic co-operation with African states and, in return, expects this to help stimulate the french economy.
Cameroon has one of the highest per capita incomes in tropical Africa and the basis of its economy is essentially agricultural. During his three-day stay President Giscard expressed his concern at the numerous conflicts which have escalated on the African continent in the past few years. And in a final joint communique, President Giscard and President Ahidjo agreed that "just and durable solutions to conflicts in Africa were indispensable to the progress and development of the African people".