US to boost trade ties with Cameroon

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The United States and Cameroon have reaffirmed their commitment to boost business ties thus creating more jobs and opportunities for both countries.

The revelation was made in a statement issued during the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy to Cameroon.

The top diplomate visited US-owned ebony factory, Crelicam, to view firsthand the results of American investments in Cameroon.

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“United States aims to increase trade and commerce that creates more jobs and opportunity in Cameroon as well as in the United States. Corporate social responsibility is a hallmark characteristic of US companies, and Crelicam is the embodiment of this”, the statement read.

The statement quoted the Assistant Secretary as saying during the visit to the US business enterprise that: “Taylor Guitars’ investment in Crelicam is an excellent example of how US investment can improve the lives of ordinary Cameroonians while also helping US businesses grow. We believe real partnerships, like Crelicam and Taylor Guitars, can ensure mutual progress for our two countries”.

Crelicam processing plant employs 60 Cameroonians, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taylor Guitars, one of the leading manufacturers of acoustic guitars in America, the statement detailed. It said during the visit, Assistant Secretary Nagy and Ambassador Barlerin toured the company’s state-of-the-art ebony processing machinery, operated and maintained by Cameroonian employees.

“They saw a suite of final products that contain Cameroonian ebony, including the famous Taylor guitars, but also knives, cutting boards, and violins. Finally, they took a tour of Crelicam’s nursery, where the company is working to replenish the Cameroonian forest with ebony saplings and other fast-growing trees” the communique said.

Tibor Nagy after an audience with the Minister of External Relations did meet with President Paul Biya at Cameroon’s executive mansion, the Unity Palace. Their encounter is said to have focused on expanding business ties with Secretary Nagy urging Paul Biya to end the violence and engage in dialogue so as to resolve the socio-political problem in the North West and South West regions.

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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