Signing of the amended Headquarters Agreement

Yaoundé-Cameroon- March 10, 2020- The Government of the Republic of Cameroon and the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) represented respectively by His Excellency Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Minister of External Relations, and Mr. Raymond Ndomba Ngoye, Executive Secretary , proceeded to the signing of an amended Headquarters Agreement for the benefit of COMIFAC, on the premises of the Ministry of External Relations.

The signing took place in the presence of several personalities including the Minister of Forests and Wildlife and also President-in-Office of COMIFAC Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Forests and Wildlife Ms. Koulsoumi Alhadji Boukar, the Ministers delegated to the Minister of External Relations Mr. Adoum Gargoum and His Excellency Felix Mbayu, as well as the ambassadors of the following COMIFAC member countries: Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad.

In his word of circumstance, the Executive Secretary praised “the sustained commitment and the permanent support of the highest authorities in Cameroon who demonstrate effective support” to allow the institution to ensure its functioning through in particular the regular payment of contributions (Cameroon is the only country without arrears of contributions) and especially the construction of the headquarters building that COMIFAC intends to integrate within a few months.

He underlined that this signature, “challenges us in the sense of a greater determination in the execution of our missions in order to better manage sustainably the forests of Central Africa”.

On behalf of the Cameroonian government, His Excellency Lejeune Mbella Mbella welcomed the signing of this amended headquarters agreement, authorized by the President of the Republic and which reflects “the will of the Cameroonian Head of State to restore forest ecosystems of the sub-region ”.

The new agreement should, he said, facilitate the exercise of COMIFAC activities in Cameroon as in the whole sub-region. To do this, “the Cameroonian government undertakes to grant it the facilities, privileges and immunities necessary for its operation as described in article 29 of the amended headquarters agreement”

This agreement should also “allow it to continue to effectively face regional and global challenges and issues” and to ensure better implementation of the projects and programs it adopts that greatly contribute to the well-being of the beneficiary populations.

Because, in fact, in accordance with the mandate entrusted to it, it is up to the organization to ensure the orientation, harmonization and monitoring of forest and environmental policies in Central Africa.

The Executive Secretary can count on the support of the Cameroonian government for the accomplishment of these missions, reaffirmed his Excellency Lejeune Mbella Mbella.

As a reminder, the amended headquarters agreement which has just been signed follows that signed on September 16, 2003 between the defunct organization called “Conference of Ministers in charge of Central African Forests (COMIFAC)” and the Cameroonian Government. Became the Central African Forests Commission in February 2005, the two parties deemed it useful to update the first headquarters agreement, the signing of which will undoubtedly mark the start of a new era of collaboration, even more dense and even more radiant for the benefit of all.

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