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357Foreign investmentsINTRODUCTIONWith national economy in recovery, consequen- tial to the attainment by Cameroon of the comple- tion point of the initiative for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), in April 2006, a large variety of opportunities were open to foreign investment.A signature by Yaoundé having regained credibility, investments multiplied as years went by. In this context, the 2016 State budget dedicated a diversity of funding sources for development projects.The government of Cameroon therefore has envisaged to resort to concessional loans of 1,100 billion CFA francs.DIVERSIFIED PARTNERSHIPOver the recent years, the number of foreign investors in Cameroon has enlarged. Traditional bilateral and multilateral partners and dozens of major investors groups set up in the country have been joined by divers investors tempted by the favourable economic situation in Cameroon. On the whole we have at bilateral level, espe- cially countries like France, China, Germany,Japan, Great Britain, USA, Belgium, Canada, Turkey, Brazil, etc.And although they recently suffered economic and financial crises, these countries kept on backing Cameroon’s efforts to develop.BILATERAL COOPERATIONIn its relations with Cameroon, France stands out on that field. The signature on 10 June 2016 in Yaoundé of third generation Debt Reduction- Development Contract (C2D) of an amount of 400 billion FCFA, strengthened the ties between the two countries.The envelope of the contract which covers the period 2016-2024 will help to maintain the response effort in the priority sectors of agriculture, infrastructures, training and produc- tive sectors.With the first C2D (2006-2011) worth 352 million FCFA and the second C2D (2011- 2016), 214 billion CFAF, Cameroon receives a 900-billion FCFA funding for the period 2006- 2024. The country comes first in the French Development Agency’s (AFD) portfolio in sub- Saharan Africa.LES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN

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