Christine Robichon bids farewell to the Cameroonian National Assembly
The French Ambassador’s stay in Cameroon is coming to an end. She was received yesterday, September 5, 2016, by the Cameroon-France Parliamentary Friendship Group. The assessment of this parliamentary collaboration these last three years proved to be fruitful.
The French Ambassador’s stay in Cameroon is coming to an end. She was received yesterday, September 5, 2016, by the Cameroon-France Parliamentary Friendship Group. On behalf of the latter’s President, Jean-Bernard Ndongo Essomba, Vice President Marie Rose Nguini Effa, looked back on the numerous interparliamentary collaborations between the two countries, with visits in Cameroon from :
- National Assembly Speaker Mr Claude Bartolone in October 2014 ;
- Deputy André Schneider with a delegation of French MPs members of the Parliamentary Friendship Group in June 2014 ;
- Deputy Jean-Paul Bacquet, President of Business France, in December 2014 ;
- Deputies Philippe Baumel et Pierre Lellouche within the scope of the parliamentary information mission on "Stability and Development in French-Speaking Africa" in January 2015 ;
- Senator Jean-Yves Leconte in December 2015 ;
- Senator Louis Duvernois in June 2016.
The Cameroon-France Parliamentary Friendship Group’s Vice President has thus concluded that "Ms. Robichon’s assessment in Cameroon is very laudatory." The Ambassador welcomed the interparliamentary cooperation’s good state and highlighted the key role of these institutions that have a say in consolidating democracy.
The Ambassador also hailed the important work of the Cameroonian National Assembly during these last three years, including the following :
- The ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate in a stellar time lapse. Cameroon is one of the first African countries to have ratified the Agreement. Some French members of the friendship group actively participated in the COP21. For instance, Philip Baumel clearly positioned himself for the ratification of the Paris Agreement in May 2017 by pleading before his counterparts at the National Assembly ;
* The key role played by the National Assembly during discussions of the last (heated) session relating to the revision of the Penal Code session which has seen some of the MPs on the friendship group hold the upper hand.