Cameroon is located mid-west Africa and is bordered by countries Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and The Republic of Congo. It has an estimate population of over 22 million people. The country has over 200 languages with French and English being it’s official languages.
Some of Cameroons earliest settlers were the Sao civilisation and Baka hunters, it was later colonised by Portuguese explorers. At the end of WW1 the region was divided into two, one side ruled by France and the other by the United Kingdom. In 1960 the French section of Cameroon was liberated and in the British half then merged with the liberated half and formed a whole nation independent from colonisation.
Cameroon is part of the Commonwealth of Nations as well as Le Francophonie. Cameroon also relies on France as part of its defence force.
Economically the country strives to grow its sectors. Since independence the Cameroon enjoys a balanced political and social status. Most of the population is poor and live under the poverty line, however, the need for investment and support is welcomed.
Business opportunities & economy
Cameroon’s main economic sectors include mining and oil industries as the country produces an estimate of around 82 thousand barrels a day. Manufacturing is also a major sector although still underdeveloped thus the country relies on imported foods from China and EU. Other smaller sectors such as automotive, real-estate, and food processing contributes towards the country’s GDP
Investment opportunities are plentiful some include the following:
• Manufacturing and packaging
• Construction and infrastructure
• Real estate development
Job prospects are available to qualified individuals and those who possess rare skills in various sectors.
The country does not have adequate health facilities and according to reports from the World Health Organization, there is only 1 doctor for every 5 000 people. Many qualified doctors and nurses leave due to low salaries for high workloads and some work voluntarily to maintain their skills.
The country is also trying to clamp down on illegal hospitals posing as private medical care centres.
Cameroon has a literacy level of over 70% and most of the nations have access to government schools. There are religious schools as well as international schools and for 6-12 years of age, schooling is compulsory. However, some children in certain regions are deprived of education due to child labour.