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3 Jun 2013

Mission to Cameroon and Gabon: several million in benefits

Representatives from eight companies and organizations were invited to the audience with the Prime Minister of Cameroon. During the audience, the head of the Québec delegation, Alain Carrier, promoted Québec’s sectors of excellence. The oher representatives had an opportunity to showcase their expertise as well as projects currently being studied by Cameroon government authorities.

Representatives from 22 Québec companies and the institutional sector traveled to Cameroon (Yaoundé, Kribi and Douala) and Gabon (Libreville) to participate in a trade mission led by Export Québec from May 15 to 22, 2013.

Several million dollars in benefits have already been formalized through a contract signed by one of the participants, CIMA+ International, and a number of other companies have made progress in their business dealings. This would indicate that even greater benefits may result in the coming months.

“By organizing this first trade mission to Cameroon, the Québec government has clearly demonstrated its intention to be a partner with Africa, an Africa that is beginning to take-off economically, in a spirit of mutual benefit,” said Minister Jean-François Lisée during the mission’s planning stage.

Opening new markets

The objective was to increase business opportunities, while at the same time facilitating the development of productive partnerships with Cameroon and Gabon. It bears noting that both of these African countries have adopted strategies to diversify their economies over the coming years.

Several sectors were represented during the mission, including:

  • aerospace
  • energy
  • ICT
  • the mining industry
  • environmental protection
  • consulting engineering
  • business training and services (legal, etc.)
  • goods and equipment.

High-level meetings

Several important meetings took place in conjunction with the mission, reflecting the openness of both countries to foster their relations with Québec. Québec representatives met with the Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang, the Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, Emmanuel Bonde, and others. In Gabon, they spoke with the Minister of Industry and Mines, Régis Immongault .

Tangible outcomes

During the mission, the Québec consulting engineering firm CIMA+ International, in partnership with the Lasalle Group and the Italian firm Techniplan, signed a $9.8 M feasibility study contract for the development of the Ouesso-Bangui-N'Djamena road and Congo River waterways.

The contract came about following an international call for tenders by the Economic Community of Central African States that put European, North American and African firms in competition with one another.

The study will cover the territories of the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and Chad over a 21-month period.

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