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An Introduction to Cameroon

Referred to as 'Africa in miniature' for its geological and cultural diversity the Republic of Cameroon derives its name from Rio dos Camares ('River of Shrimp') - the name given the area by 15th century Portuguese explorers. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884, was divided after WW1 between France and Britain as League of Nations mandates, and reunited with independence in 1972. See full country profile.

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May 17
Ipsos has promoted Luc Durand to the role of Managing Director in Morocco and Algeria, overseeing operations and growth in both countries. He replaces Nabil Abou Zaid, who has left to 'pursue other endeavours'. May 17 2018
May 3
In South Africa, media monitoring specialist Tonya Khoury has resigned from her role as MD of cross-media trend spotting and content measurement company ROi Africa. May 3 2018


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Fast Facts
Map of Cameroon
CAPITAL: Yaounde
GOVERNMENT: republic; multiparty presidential regime
AREA: 475,442 sq km
POPULATION: 19,711,291 (July 2011 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: French and English (de facto)
Buffalo, Cameroon
Buffalo, Cameroon


The Indomitable Lions The Cameroon national football team, nicknamed Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions), is controlled by the Fãdãration Camerounaise de Football and is Africa's most successful side in the FIFA world cup, having qualified for the FIFA World Cup six times - in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 - more than any other African nation. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-finals, losing to England in extra time. They have also won four African Cup of Nations tournaments and a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

The most famous Cameroonian footballer is surely Roger Milla - see this goal and legendary celebration.

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Cameroon in Profile

Referred to as 'Africa in miniature' for its geological and cultural diversity the Republic of Cameroon derives its name from Rio dos Camares ('River of Shrimp') - the name given the area by 15th century Portuguese explorers. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884, was divided after WW1 between France and Britain as League of Nations mandates, and reunited with independence in 1972.

Compared to other African countries, Cameroon enjoys relatively high political and social stability. This has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, railways, and large petroleum and timber industries. Nevertheless, large numbers of Cameroonians live in poverty as subsistence farmers. Power lies firmly in the hands of the authoritarian President since 1982, Paul Biya. The country's English speaking territories have grown increasingly alienated from the government, with calls for greater decentralization and even the secession of the former British-governed territories.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $44.33 billion (2010 est.)

Religions indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%

Currency: Central African Franc (XAF) - GBP 1 = XAF 746.25

Telephone Code: +237

Research Industry

The West Africa Region (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Benin Togo and Mali) had an industry turnover of $USD 46m in 2009, a 7.5% growth on 2008.

Source: ESOMAR

Overview of Trade and Industry

Oil resources (albeit modest ones) and favourable agricultural conditions have given Cameroon a good start relative to other sub-Saharan economies, but it shares many of their problems, including stagnant per capita income, distributed unevenly; a top-heavy civil service; endemic corruption; and a generally unfavourable climate for business enterprise.

Since 1990, the government has embarked on various IMF and World Bank programs designed to improve the economy. The IMF is pressing for more reforms, including increased budget transparency, privatization, and poverty reduction programs.

Cameroon's chief exports include crude oil, lumber, cocoa beans, coffee, cotton and aluminium. In 2010, $USD 4.37bn worth of these goods were exported from Cameroon. Imports for the same period had an estimated worth of $USD 4.86bn, consisting of machinery, electrical, transport, fuel and food.

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