February 25th, 2022

NOTI
2022 CAMEROON FREE TRADE FORUM

"Facilitating Cameroon’s Bilateral and Multilateral Trade"

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Objectives

The main objective of this Free Trade Forum is to discuss strategies to facilitate Cameroon’s bilateral and multilateral trade over the next ten years. Specifically, it will be about:

Our Speakers

Mutomby Joseph Ndumbe

Director of Foreign Trade, Minister of Commerce of Cameroon

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H.E. Mme. L. S Remawa Ahmed

Deputy High Commissioner Nigeria to Cameroon

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H.E. Mr. Richard BALE

High Commissioner of Canada in Cameroon

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H.E. Mr. Christophe GUILHOU

French Ambassador in Cameroon

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Mme Fri Asanga

Chief Executive Officer of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation

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Dr Jacob Kotcho

Director of the Common Market , Common Market, Economic, Monetary and Financial Affairs Department , ECCAS

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Dr. Hervé Lohoue

Lead Economist, African Development Bank

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Dr. Gertruida Van Niekerk

Senior Lecturer, University of Limpopo

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Mr. Parfait Eppoh

Expert in international trade and trade facilitation

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Prof. Robert Nantchouang

Consultant Director of the Nkafu Policy Institute

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Mme Horore Bell Bebga

Founder and CEO of LIKALO GROUP

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Mr. Stephane OND

Director of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the Ministry of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Mr Innocent Anchang

CEO Trade and Investment Assistance Center

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Dr. Claude N'Kodia

Lead Economist, African Development Bank, Cameroon

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Mr. Henri Kouam

Economic Policy Analyst , Nkafu Policy Institute

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Dr Talkmore Chidede

Investment Expert at AfCFTA - African Continental Free Trade Area - Secretariat

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Emmanuel K. Bensah

Deputy Executive Director, AfCFTA Policy Network

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Lesley Bongajum

Entrepreneur

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Dr. Felix Idongesit Oyosoro

Lecturer, Department of History and International Relations, Veritas University, Abuja Nigeria

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Dr. Vera Fuein Kum

Research Fellow in Economic Affairs at the Nkafu Policy Institute

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Dr. Odette Kibu

Senior Health Policy Analyst - Nkafu Policy Institute

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Dr. Jean-Cédric Kouam

Deputy Director of Economic Affairs at the Nkafu Policy Institute

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Mr. Victor Tibue

Diplomat, Ministry of External Relations, Cameroon

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Mr. Yannick Ngelewi

Economic Journalist at Royal FM, Consultant and Analyst

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Ancel Langwa

Communications Manager, Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation
Facilitator / MC

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High Panel Discussion: Cameroon’s Bilateral and Multilateral Trade: Where are we today?
  • MUTOMBY Joseph NDUMBE

Director of Foreign Trade, Minister of Commerce of Cameroon

  • H.E. Mme. L. S Remawa Ahmed

Deputy High Commissioner Nigeria to Cameroon

  • H.E. Mr. Richard BALE

High Commissioner of Canada in Cameroon

  • H.E. Mr. Christophe GUILHOU

French Ambassador in Cameroon

  • Mme Fri ASANGA (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation

Break-Out Session 1: Overcoming the challenges of regional trade integration: What solutions for Cameroon?
  • Dr Jacob Kotcho

Director of the Common Market , Common Market, Economic, Monetary and Financial Affairs Department , ECCAS

  • Dr. Hervé Lohoue

Lead Economist, African Development Bank

  • Mr. Parfait EPPOH

Expert in international trade and trade facilitation and Coordinator of the Technical Secretariat of the National Committee for the Follow-up of the Implementation of the AfCFTA

  • Dr. Gertruida. M.G van Niekerk

Senior Lecturer, University of Limpopo

  • Prof. Robert NANTCHOUANG (Moderator)

Consultant Director of the Nkafu Policy Institute

Break-Out Session 2: How will AfCFTA enhance Cameroon’s competitiveness and trade attractiveness?
  • Mr Innocent Anchang

CEO Trade and Investment Assistance Center.

  • Mme Horore Bell Bebga

Founder and CEO of LIKALO GROUP

  • Dr. Claude N'Kodia

Representative from BAD

  • Mr. Stephane OND

Director of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the Ministry of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Social Innovation and Handicrafts of Cameroon

  • Mr. Henri Kouam (Moderator)

Economic Policy Analyst, Nkafu Policy Institute

Break-Out Session 3: Strengthening Free Trade Relations Between Cameroon and Nigeria
  • Dr Talkmore Chidede

Investment Expert at AfCFTA - African Continental Free Trade Area - Secretariat

  • Emmanuel K Bensah

Deputy Executive Director, AfCFTA Policy Network

  • Lesley Bongajum

Entrepreneur

  • Dr. Vera FUEIN KUM (Moderator)

Research Fellow in Economic Affairs at the Nkafu Policy Institute

Draft Agenda of the Forum

Open Agenda

Time

Activities

Facilitators

09:00-10:00

Arrival and networking

Staff

(Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation)

10:00-10:05

Opening remarks

Mme. Fri Asanga

(Chief Executive Officer of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation)

10:05-10:20

Presentation Of the Nkafu Policy Institute and the Nkafu Open Trade Initiative (NOTI)

Dr. Odette Kibu

(Senior Health Policy Analyst and Coordinator of the Nkafu Policy Institute)

10:20-11:50

Panel Discussion

Theme: “Cameroon’s Bilateral and Multilateral Trade: Where are we today?”

Mme. Fri Asanga

(CEO, Denis and Lenora Foundation.)

11:50-12:20

Break:

Photos and Interviews of officials

Communications Department

(Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation)

12:20-13:00

Presentations:


The State of Regional Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa



The Role of AfCFTA in Promoting the Competitiveness of African Business



Trade Relations between Cameroon and Nigeria



Dr. Jean Cedric Kouam

(Deputy Director of Economic Affairs Division at the Nkafu Policy Institute)


Mr. Yannick Ngelewi

(Economic Journalist at Royal FM, Consultant and Analyst)




Mr. Victor Tibue

(Diplomat, Ministry of External Relations, Cameroon)

13:00-14:00

Break-out Session 1:

Overcoming the challenges of regional trade integration: What solutions for Cameroon?

 
 
Break-out Session 2:

Theme: How will AfCFTA enhance Cameroon's competitiveness and trade attractiveness?

 
 
Break-out session3 (online):

Theme: Strengthening Free Trade Relations Between Cameroon and Nigeria

Professor Robert Nantchouang

(Director of the Nkafu Policy Institute)





Mr. Henri Kouam

(Economic Policy Analyst, Nkafu Policy Institute)




Dr. Vera Fuein Kum

(Economic Research Fellow at the Nkafu Policy Institute)


14:00-14:30

Awards to Winners of the essay competition on Free trade

Mr. Henri Kouam
(Economic Policy Analyst, Nkafu Policy Institute)

14:30-14:35 

Closing remarks

Mme. Jennet Mbonde
(Board Chair , Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation)

14:35-15:00

Photos and interviews (Part2)

Communication team

(Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation)

15:00

Refreshments and Departure

Participants

Venues

Contact

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