Nigeria, Cameroon sign 4 agree­ments to strengthen re­la­tions

Daily Trust - - AFRICA INTERNATIONAL - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

Nigeria and Cameroon at the weekend signed four agree­ments and me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to fur­ther strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The agree­ments signed are; the re­vised trade agree­ment, co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment in the field of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, pro­to­col on the pro­gramme of im­ple­men­ta­tion of cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes, agree­ment on youth de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mu­niqué is­sued at the end of the 6th ses­sion of the joint com­mis­sion be­tween Nigeria annd Cameroon held in Yaounde Cameroon, the agree­ments were nec­es­sary in or­der to strengthen the on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sis­terly coun­tries and re­in­force the plat­form of the joint com­mis­sion be­tween the two coun­trie.

Nige­rian del­e­ga­tion to the meet­ing was led by Dr. Nu­rudeen Muhammed, Min­is­ter of state 2 for for­eign af­fairs while Cameroon del­e­ga­tion was led by Prof. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Min­is­ter of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions, Cameroon.

The lead­ers of the del­e­ga­tions agreed to cre­ate a com­mit­tee of se­nior of­fi­cials of both coun­tries with spe­cific man­date for the ex­e­cu­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of the signed and ex­ist­ing agree­ments as well as the other de­ci­sions of the joint com­mis­sion.

They also noted the ob­so­les­cence of the 1963 agree­ment and dis­par­i­ties in its im­ple­men­ta­tion. They there­fore rec­og­nized the need to up­date same, prior to the meet­ing of the con­sular af­fairs com­mit­tee in Abuja in July 2014 while both sides shall ex­change their drafts through diplo­matic chan­nel at least two weeks prior to the meet­ing.

The two par­ties ex­pressed the ne­ces­sity for strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion at re­gional and in­ter­na­tional fora for the pro­mo­tion of peace, se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity, democ­racy and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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