Voaafrique-Cameroon and Nigeria express concern over security issues along shared border



The Governors of various regions in Cameroon and some States in Nigeria, and state and security officials discussed the security of their shared border during a two-day meeting in mid-July in Yaoounde.



Five regions of Cameroon share a border with Nigeria, including the Adamawa region which has two divisions on the border. This proximity often gives rise to conflict.



“Sometimes, we witness agro-pastoral conflicts” says Kildadl Taguieke, Governor of Cameroon’s Adamawa region.



“When Nigerians come into our territory” Kildadl Taguieke explains” We try our best to be welcoming and treat them well until things calm down and they return home”. Regarding cattle, the number of incidents has dropped, which is proof that both countries have been vigilant about our security”



Since October 2016, the North-west and South-west regions of Cameroon in the anglophone area have been gripped by a crisis that has affected Nigeria which has seen an influx of Cameroonian refugees and displaced people in Taraba State.



The influx of people has given rise to a high crime wave.


“We need to make things difficult for criminals” said Dayan Yiase, Permanent Secretary of Special and Internal Affairs of Taraba State in Nigeria.



“We took the secessionists to the immigration headquarters” Dagari Yiase​ adds “The Nigerian government sent them back to Cameroon. You can ask your government; they will confirm what we are telling you. We had reported this issue to them”



Terrorist attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, hostage taking and arms trafficking are some of the most common security challenges plaguing the border between Cameroon and Nigeria



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Lake Chad: Meeting of governors from neighboring provinces


The governors of eight transboundary regions in the vicinity of Lake Chad met for 48 hours in Niamey, Niger. The main item on the agenda was peace-building and sustainable development.



For the second time since 2018, the governors of the eight Lake Chad regions that are most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency met in a 48-hour meeting in Niamey, Niger. Many of the participants say the Boko Haram crisis has taken huge proportions and its causes are complex.



First of all, there is a structural deficit in terms of development, as well as a breach of the social contract giving way to a violent insurgency of extremists and lastly an irreversible environmental disaster looming on the horizon. Boko Haram has slipped out of control on the four countries’ borders, and therefore requires an adequate regional response.



2.5 million displaced people



According to the United Nations regional representative in West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Niamey forum offers a roadmap for overcoming the crisis. The people of the Lake Chad Basin are calling for tangible action and Boko Haram must be defeated, he added. However military action alone will not suffice says an official of the Adamawa State in Nigeria. He underscores the need to integrate repentant elements of Boko Haram, engage the local communities and move quickly towards development.


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It all began in December 2016 in Douala, Cameroon with the 1st Meeting of Country Experts in Cameroon, the CAR and Chad on the Development of Specific Protocols (SP) relating to the BSB Bi-national and Tripartite agreements on the fight against transboundary poaching, notably the Specific Anti-poaching Protocol  relating to the N’Djamena Tripartite Agreement between Cameroon, the CAR and Chad and the Specific Eco-development Protocol relating to the Bi-national  Cooperation Agreement between Cameroon and Chad.

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ITTO- More collaboration and participation needed to achieve the SFM in the Congo Basin

The Tokyo International Conference on development in Africa (TICAD) is an international meeting hosted by the Japanese government and jointly sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, the African Union Commission and the World Bank. Taking the floor during the opening of this ITTO event, Ms. Matondo pointed out that international partners can help the Congo Basin population to overcome various hurdles impeding the sub-region’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 1 (zero poverty) 13 (Measures to combat climate change) and 15 (land life) using innovative technology, know-how, entrepreneurship and capacity building.

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COMIFAC- Shanghai international forum: COMIFAC goes on charm offensive

Shanghai, Republic of China, 21-25 October 2019- More than three hundred and fifty delegates including about sixty members of the International Technical Tropical Timber Association (ITTTA), sixty conference speakers and panelists took part in the 21st ITTTA forum. COMIFAC was represented at the gathering by Mr. Georges Moucharou, 2nd Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and representative of the Acting President, Raymond Ndomba Ngoye, Executive Secretary and Mr. Valery Tchuante, a monitoring and evaluation expert.

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COMIFAC member countries make progress and develop innovations in implementing Nagoya Protocol

30 September to 1st October 2019, Douala Cameroon-: Sub-regional experience-sharing forum on ABS held between COMIFAC researchers and the Japanese private sector.

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African biodiversity highly valued at sub-regional experience-sharing forum on ABS between COMIFAC researchers and the Japanese private sector.

Douala, Cameroon, 30 September- 1st October 2019 “The sub-regional Convergence Plan projects a 25% increase in absolute terms in the forestry-environment sector’s contribution to the GDP of the COMIFAC countries by 2025” said Mr. Ludovic ITSOUA MADZOUS, Deputy Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, as he welcomed the holding of the first meeting between a developed country and researchers of the Central African countries.

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