Cameroon – Gabon: Common Stance Against Cross Border Insecurity

The Cameroon – Gabon Mix Commission meeting on border and security issues has ended in Yaounde with key declarations to foster border surveillance and continue demarcation.


During the closing ceremony on Thursday May 26, 2022 the heads of the delegations from both countries penned their signatures on the different documents that sanctioned the three days of deliberations in Yaoundé.

The Minister of Territorial Administration of Cameroon, Paul Atanga Nji and The Minister of State, Minister of Interior of Gabon, Lambert Noel Mata signed for their respective countries.

Both Ministers took turns to salute the quality of the deliberations before pinpointing the desires of their respective leaders to foster cooperation and security along their common borders.

Recommendations from Mix Commission

The need to enhance security along the common border featured prominently in the different speeches the marked the closing ceremony.

The experts recommended the training of personnel specialised in surveillance and defence of the border.

They also called to governments to fight against religious indoctrination that provokes violent extremism.
Enhance the capacities of units fighting poaching and the illegal exploitation of natural resources.

Fight against corruption and deviant behaviours with units assigned at the borders.

The session also recommended that justice Ministers of both countries instruction of General Persecutors of the border jurisdictions to collaborate in order to efficiently fight against illegal trafficking along the common border.

Putting in place of a road map to fight against cross border insecurity. The delegations also elaborated a timeline of short term activities to enhance border security.

Both parties also plan to celebration the 12th edition of the International Frontiers on June 6 and 7, 2022 at the Zone of three frontiers, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The second session of the Cameroon – Gabon commission on border and security has been scheduled for Gabon during the second semester of the year 2022 on a date to be established by Diplomatic Channels.

Recommendation from Ad-hoc Committee

The Yaoundé meeting came up with a number of recommendations stemming from the evaluation of the level of implementation of recommendations of the first Ad-hoc frontier commission meetings that took place on November 17, 18 and 19, 2022 in Libreville, Gabon.

Focus was on birder security, demarcation of the common border and the promotion of cross border cooperation.

From discussions the two heads of delegation from Cameroon and Gabon recommended the implantation of boundary stone in the areas between Nkong and Ayina.

They also recommended the ratification of the Africa Union conventions on cross border cooperation, the Niamey convention,

The negotiation and signing of a bilateral legal instrument on border cooperation. The delegations also scheduled to hold in Cameroon on a date to be established via diplomatic channels, a bilateral meeting relating to negotiations on the instrument and a draft text of common interest.

The two part parties also underlined the need to reinforce that fight against all forms of menace and threats to security along the common border.

They also recommended the reinforcement of the operational capacities of human resources in order to empower the structures dedicated to security.

At the end of the session, both parties saluted the spirit of friendliness, fraternity and mutual understanding that prevail during the meeting. The recommendations will be presented to the Heads of State of the two countries.

The Gabonese delegation also express gratitude to Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya and the people of Cameroon for the hospitality, warm reception and facilities put at their disposal to ease their work during their stay in Cameroon.

Discovery of Tourist Sites in Yaounde

At the end of the meetings the participants were treated to a guided tour of historic monuments in the nation’s capital city, Yaounde. Under the guidance of the Yaounde City Council Mayor, they explored the recently unveiled Patriot Monument in the heart of the town.

They later proceeded to the Unity Monument and the entrance of the Presidency of the Republic, the Reunification Monument and concluded the tour at the National Museum. At each stop, they were presented with the significance of the monument to Cameroonians.

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