This was during an audience at the Star building granted by Prime Minister Philemon yang yesterday July 10, 2018.
Senior officials in the Central African Sub-Region met in Yaounde on July 10, 2018 to discuss on the integration process in the Central African Sub-Region. The consultation and coordination meeting brought together officials of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and the steering committee for the realization of the Regional Economic Communities in Central Africa (COPIL/CER-CA).
Closely after the meeting the senior officials comprising of the secretary general of the Economic Community Of Central African States (ECCAS), Ahmed Allam Mi, the President Of Central African Economic And Monetary Community (CEMAC), Professor Daniel Ona Ondo and the President Of The Regional Economic Communities In Central Africa (COPIL/CER-CA), Alamine Ousmane Mey who is Cameroon’s Minister of Economy Planning And Regional Development presented the final communiqué to the Prime Minister Head of Government, Philemon Yang.
After handing over the report of the steering committee to the Prime Minister, Mr Ahmed Allam disclosed that the Yaounde meeting was dedicated to seek ways of fostering integration in the sub-region as well as accelerating the process. Added to that, the report envisaged the holding of the CEMAC/ECCAS Heads of State summit.
The Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States ECCAS, Ahmed Allam Mi, confirmed that President Paul Biya of Cameroon is dyed-in-the-wool to the rationalization of this integration process in the central African sub-region. Coupled with that, leaders of the sub-region through the steering committee have targeted that full integration has to be attained by 2023.
The creation of the economic and monetary community of central Africa (CEMAC) in 1994 as the successor to the economic and customs union of central Africa (UDEAC) engendered much hope in the sub-regional integration process of the Central African States, a region which had faced many challenges in the preceding thirty years. Marked by a plethora of institutions, CEMAC recorded certain advances which still remain sub-optimal when taking into consideration its integration calendar. In reality, the problem faced by integration in the CEMAC sub-region is not related to the quality of the treaties, but concerns the limited technical capacity, the divergent attitudes of the member countries towards regional integration and sometimes, the absence of sanctions against States which do not respect Community norms. This reality is highlighted within the framework of this contribution with the goal of demonstrating the importance of CEMAC Member States taking their responsibilities accordingly.