Friday, October 18, 2019

Paul Biya announced in Sochi after returning from Lyon

Paul Boys, Cameroonian President

After taking part in the 6th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Lyon, from October 9 to 10, Paul Biya, who arrived in France the day before the opening of this meeting, returned to Yaoundé in the afternoon of October 12th. A rather hasty return, if one refers to the practices in terms of stays (private or official) of the Head of State in Europe.

The agenda of the President of the Republic is not known, but Paul Biya has returned hastily to Cameroon to prepare for his trip to Russia where is held, from October 22 to 24, in the seaside town of Sochi, the very first summit Russia- Africa.

His invitation card, sent by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin himself, was handed to him personally since 27 March 2019 by the Russian Ambassador to Cameroon, Anatoly Bashkin. On the sidelines of this summit, the aim of which is to lay the foundations for closer ties between Russia and individual African countries, will be a business forum.

According to Jeune Afrique, many Africans will be at the maneuver at this unprecedented meeting. These include the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, his Trade Commissioner, Zambian Albert Muchanga, Egypt's Ambassador to Russia, Ehab Nasr, and others.

Nigeria's Benedict Oramah, the boss of Afreximbank, said to be very popular in Moscow, is co-organizer of the summit, while Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, in his capacity as current president of the African Union, will co-chair the summit with Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin's Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, speaks without lighthouses: "Russia intends not only to restore the situation it had, but also to increase its relations with Africa, in a mutual respect ".

Indeed, at the height of the Soviet Union, there was a strong Russian influence in Africa, said the geostrategist and associate professor at the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon (Iric), Jimmy Yab.

"The post-independence governments of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Benin have all received diplomatic or military support from the Soviet Union. But this began to change after the collapse of the superpower in December 1991. More than a quarter of a century later, President Vladimir Putin seems to have new aspirations in Africa, "he analyzes. of March 29, 2019).

Large companies

For the record, in 2014, Cameroon and Russia celebrated 50 years of cooperation. On occasion, it was recalled that in the education sector, the Mbalmayo School of Water and Forests and the University of Dschang have received significant support from Russia. In addition, more than 2000 Cameroonian students have been trained in Russia since 1964.

In April 2015, Cameroon initialed with this power a military and technical cooperation agreement. In the wake, the country of Vladimir Putin had made available to the Cameroonian army weapons and sophisticated military equipment of last generation, to fight Boko Haram. It had also deployed in the country, 1900 tons of food aid for refugees that the country hosts, for an amount of about 3 billion CFA francs.

At the economic level, the presidency of the Republic announced in 2015, that Cameroon would benefit more and more from Russian expertise in the field of industry and energy, with the participation of banks and large companies from Russia. The Sochi summit could therefore serve as a basis for the materialization of these promises and commitments.

A boon for Cameroon, which is so in need of resources not only to continue to support its security expenditures, but especially to finance its infrastructure projects, mainly in the two sectors mentioned above.

Source: Mutations