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downs between the two countries. Since President Mohammadu Buhari acceded to power in Abuja, May 2015, Cameroon-Nigeria cooperation has gained momentum and mee- tings between the two Heads of State have mul- tiplied: for sure this has made for warmer rela- tions between the two countries.A few months after President Mohammadu Buhari was sworn in, he paid a friendly and working visit to Cameroon from 29 to 30 July 2015. In response to an invitation by his counterpart, the Cameroonian Head of State paid a State visit to Nigeria from 3 to 4 April 2016. Paul Biya went back to Nigeria a few days later to take part in the 2nd regional summit on security in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, 14 May 2016.A conference that allowed to reassert the need to step up fight against Boko Haram terrorist group and to urgently combine development to military response.COMMON BILATERAL AGREEMENTSLike any sovereign State, Cameroon concluded various agreements or treaties with international partners, which cover a variety of areas. For convenience, they can be grouped under the term of bilateral agreements. It is understood that their purpose and contents vary according to the partner. They are negotiated under the patronage of the Ministry of External Relations with the sup- port of technical Ministries where relevant.The most common are the people traffic agree- ments. They define the entry and residence of contracting countries’ nationals. Special arrange- ments are granted nationals of countries of thePresident François Hollande at the Unity Palace is received by President Paul BiyaCentral African sub-region who are exempt from visas. Consular agreements deal with the protec- tion of persons and property of foreign nationals living in Cameroon and reciprocally. There are about twenty foreign consulates in Cameroon.Host agreements that allow governmental or non- governmental international organizations to open representations in Cameroon have been conclu- ded with many of them. They allow them to bene- fit from a few facilities and in some cases, from diplomatic status.Cooperation agreements are a particular cate- gory of agreements. They generally concern the support a developed country is able to grant a less fortunate partner.President Paul Biya and Italian President, Sergio Mattarella in Yaounde, March 2016LES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN131


































































































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