The government of Cameroon is building a national strategy to get its illegally exported cultural property back home. The Ministry of Arts and Culture was instructed to conduct this plan.
This decision comes at a time when the associations and communities of artists in the country are actively demanding the return of the cultural property taken during colonization and exhibited in European museums.
Many Cameroonian cultural assets are currently in French public collections, including 7,838 in the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris alone, according to the report on the restitution of African cultural heritage submitted to French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2018. Bidoung Mkpatt, the Cameroonian Minister of Arts and Culture, assures that actions have been initiated to reach an agreement with host countries as part of the restitution.
The inter-ministerial committee established to this effect is working "to find appropriate solutions that will allow the repatriation of the objects under honorable administrative, technical and practical conditions.” “We are also working in close collaboration with selected experts to address the problems that will come with the strategy," the Minister said on public radio.