Last October 26, President Paul Biya appointed Sébastien Foumane as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cameroon to the Republic of Italy. A diplomat by training, he served for a long time within the State Protocol before becoming Secretary-General of the Ministry of External Relations. Upon his retirement in 2010, he was replaced by Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, the current Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic.
Sébastien Foumane replaces Dominique Awono Essama (pictured), who for many years held the position of Head of State Protocol at the Presidency of the Republic before his appointment in 2008 as Ambassador to Italy. Dominique Awono Essama’s dismissal could be linked to his management of this diplomatic representation. For several years now, the ambassador has conflicted with certain staff members who have suffered salary cuts. Moreover, while he was holding the position of ambassador of Cameroon in Italy, Dominique Awono Essama was involved in several moral problems.