Paris Peace Forum ends: President Paul Biya’s participation

The Cameroon’s First Couple has returned to the country after playing an active role the just ended Paris Peace Forum in forging world peace during. The President of the Republic Paul Biya and Wife Chantal Biya were received upon arrival at the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport by a host of state dignitaries including the French Ambassador to Cameroon.
CPDM supporters, Youth Associations, well-wishers and Dance groups also turned out massively to give a befitting welcome to the Presidential couple.
Airport audiences
After acknowledging the different groups present, the President of the Republic granted six brief airport audiences.
President Paul Biya received the Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Cavaye Djibril who has been chairing deliberations at the lower house of parliament since a week when the November session started while the President of the Republic was in Paris.
He was followed by the Senior Vice President of the Senate Aboubakary Abdoulaye, who has also been chairing deliberations at the upper house of parliament for the same period.
Next in line was the President Minister Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute had had just closed the 12th African Infrastructure Forum that was taking place in Yaounde grouping over 400 experts from 40 African countries.
The Minister, Secretary at the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh was also received in audience by the President of the Republic.
The French Ambassador to Cameroon was next to line in the series of audiences.
The Secretary General of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement – CPDM, the ruling party, Jean Kuete concluded the round of airport audiences. The legislative and municipal elections have been convened for February 9, 2020 and the CPDM is expected to run in all constituencies.
As the Presidential motorcade drove to the Unity Palace, Cameroonians from all works of life lined up along the streets up to the gates of the Presidency chanting songs and wave flags to welcome the first couple back home.
President Paul Biya at Paris Peace Forum
Paul Biya was amongst some thirty (30) Heads of State and Government present at the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum. Almost every speech at the opening ceremony on Tuesday November 12, 2019 highlighted international cooperation as a solution to global problems.
When the forum broke into commissions, President Paul Biya was in the first panel discussion on the theme: “Recognising the South for more equitable global governance”.
The Cameroonian Chief Executive called for collective action to surmount the numerous challenges and uncertainties. During the opening ceremony the Cameroonian leader participated at the panel discussion
The penal that was moderated Sudanese born billionaire Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, President of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation also had as speakers:
• Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organisation of la Francophonie,
• Hor Nambong, the Vice Prime Minister of Cambodia,
• Mohan Kumar, President of Research and Information System for Developing Countries,
• Hossan Zaki, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League.
In his opening remarks at the panel discussion, President Paul Biya noted that the world is faced with a lot of problems and profound alterations, resulting in new challenges and various uncertainties which hamper our collective efforts and render them less efficient in the preservation of peace and international security.
He pointed out that in the present configuration of institutions to regulate these issues are dominated by the more powerful countries, which sometimes renders their actions illegitimate.
He also decried the rise of populism and unilateralism as well as the rise in pessimism with regards to the capacity of the United Nations to provide adequate solutions to the divers and complex problems that confronts different peoples and the planet as a whole.
President Paul Biya proposed the setting up of new structures for international relations that are more just and equitable and to strengthen North/South dialogue.
He also suggested a firm commitment to reform the United Nations Security Council to comprise 26 members, with two of them as permanent members with the right to veto. To him, the reforms should equally be applied to the international financial institutions; the International Monetary Fund, IMF and the World Bank.
Special Status for North West and South West
Regarding the crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, President Paul Biya retraced the colonial history of the county and how it has brought about a juxtaposition of cultures. He however recounted the efforts made by Government to resolve the issues, through dialogue, the preservation of peace and economic development.
He noted emphatically that in a bid to preserve the heritage of the people, a special status is being implemented that will take into account the specificities of these two regions, that remain an integral part of a united Cameroon.
First Lady in Paris
On the sidelines of the Paris Peace Summit, First Ladies from the countries held a parallel meeting with Brigitte Macron on the contribution of first ladies to the education of young girls especially in conflict zones. During the event, Cameroon’s first lady Chantal Biya who doubles as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Education and Social Inclusion shared her experiences with her peers.
The Paris Peace Forum ended with the adoption of ten (10) projects to forester International peace
Elvis Teke

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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