The outgoing Ambassador of France to Cameroon, Bruno Gain says France is ready to help Cameroon build maritime security at the regional level. This, he said, falls in line with other prospects of defence cooperation with Cameroon, especially after the recent successful holding of the Gulf of Guinea maritime safety and security summit in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Bruno Gain was speaking to reporters after a farewell audience with Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang at the Star Building yesterday, Thursday, August 22, 2013. He disclosed that he used the occasion to review defence cooperation between Cameroon and France. The two countries, he said signed a new defence agreement in 2009 and it entered into force a year ago. The fruits of the cooperation are seen through the French assistance to the Yaounde War College, EIFORCE Project at Awae and the Aviation School in Garoua.
In all, the Star Building discussions between Philemon Yang and Bruno Gain served as a forum for the outgoing French diplomat to draw a balance sheet of his four-year stewardship at the helm of his country's diplomatic mission in Cameroon. Talking to reporters, he cited high-level contacts between President Paul Biya of Cameroon and French Heads of State with examples being President Biya's visits to France in 2009 and the start of 2013. Leaders of the two countries, he said also met during Francophonie summits and other meetings between France and African leaders.
He lauded the contribution of the French Debt Relief Programme, C2D to boosting Cameroon's economy through the successful building of infrastructure. He leaves Cameroon with good memories of the successful liberation of seven French hostages. "We want to pay special tribute to the action of President Paul Biya who masterminded the successful liberation of the hostages in a peaceful way," Bruno Gain said. Summing up his stay in Cameroon, he said, "I think it was a fruitful period in every field."