Cameroon and Nigeria share a border of almost 1700 km. The two countries trade intensively, despite the constant threat of the terrorist group Boko-Haram along the border. However, this trade between Cameroon and Nigeria remains stuck in the informal sector and is grossly underreported. For example, the world bank finds that Cameroon – Nigeria Bilateral trade flows are estimated at USD 230 million by the world bank, higher than the officially recorded non-oil trade flows of between USD 10 and 40 million. The two countries ratified the agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which has the potential to boost trade between them, accelerate Gross Domestic Product (GDP), increase employment opportunities, and raise per capita incomes. With this in mind, the Nkafu Policy Institute of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation organized an essay competition, for Cameroonian Youths, to contribute to the strengthening of trade relations between Cameroon and Nigeria in the context of the AfCFTA.
Meet the winners of the 2021 Free Trade Essay Competition:
1- Bambe Betrand Aristide Sheizi
/ The Role of the Private Sector for Improving Free Trade.
2- Chanjoh Rexson Ngong
/ Free trade: The Tool of benefit between Cameroon and Nigeria.
3- Djamen Tchetgnia Boris Landry
/ Promotion du libre-échange le rôle des institutions politiques.
4- Kapche Raissa Estelle
/ ZLECA : un stimulant de la compétitivité infrastructurelle frontalière du Cameroun face au Nigéria.
5- Fomutar Stanislaus
/ Addressing State Centered Policies and Security Challenges Along the Cameroon-Nigeria Borders for Smooth Trade Between the Two Countries.
6- Mbabit Boris
/ Free trade and the impact on the Agro-economic sector between Cameroon and Nigeria.
7- Munoh Amei Bizine
/ The Reasons – Benefits of Free Trade.
/ The Dilemma of International Free Trade and the Potential Benefits of Inter African Free Trade Agreement
9- Tanko Emmanuel
/ Reasons-Benefits of Free Trade
10- Tumenta Clinton Yessi
/ Advantages and Disadvantages of Trade Blocs
All winners will receive their rewards during the 2022 Cameroon Free Trade Forum on February 25th, 2022.