France approved CFA7,700 billion to support Cameroon in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during a meeting with President Paul Biya on April 16, the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Christophe Guilhou, said: “We are in the process of redeploying through the mechanisms of the French Development Agency CFA7 billion to help Cameroon respond to the current emergency, including the purchase of medicines, test kits, etc.”
The French government also intends to support research initiatives as part of the response to this pandemic, the first case of which was confirmed in Cameroon on 6 March 2020. Support will be granted to Pasteur Center in Yaoundé, the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development in Cameroon (CIRAD).
“France's support can be observed in everything we do to help Cameroon meet the need for medicines and treatment, but also to identify the disease and support hospitals. Our support to Cameroon will, therefore, be used for studies that will be financed to a very large extent by France. Particularly in the field of scientific research and innovation,” explained the French ambassador.