Cameroon plans to increase the number of envoys it has in the bodies of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). "We already have some Cameroonians working in these institutions, but we want to increase the number," said Joel Hervé Nguenkam, director of relations with the OIF at the Ministry of External Relations (Minrex).
One of the most sung Cameroonians in the OIF is Georges Nakseu Nguefang -an expert in arbitration, negotiation, facilitation, and mediation issues- who joined the OIF in 2004. In December 2019, he was appointed permanent representative of the OIF to the United Nations in Geneva after holding the prestigious position of Director of Political Affairs and Democratic Governance.
In addition to promoting nationals, Cameroon has other ambitions in its cooperation with the OIF. For example, Yaoundé wants to strengthen "the economic Francophonie", according to Joël Hervé Nguenkam. The goal is to leverage the Francophone space to boost the country's development. The country wants to help businessmen find opportunities for cooperation, financial partners, and even investors in the Francophone area, which has nearly 321 million speakers worldwide.
Michel Ange Nga