Cameroon is a mosaic of landscapes and cultures. To discover the African continent, the best gateway is undoubtedly Cameroon. From the Atlantic Ocean to the borders of Lake Chad, ten regions constitute this country that deserves its title of tourist eldorado.
Total population: 22,818,632
Natural Increase: 2.5%
Density: 48 inhabitants / km²
Urban population: 53.8%
Population of main cities: Douala (1,906,962); Yaoundé
(1,817,524); Bamenda (269,530); Garoua (235,996); Maroua (201,371).
Ethnic Origins: Cameroonian Highlands 31%, Bantu 19%
Kirdis 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, 7% Nigritic, other 13% African, African not represent less than 1%
Official Language: French and English are the languages Official Cameroon.
Other languages spoken: There are nearly 200 African dialects.
Language (s) of business: In the business world, it is the most used language is French, although English is also practiced.
Religion: Christians 70%; Sunni Muslim 20%; Other Religions 10%;
Literacy rate: 67.9%
Local time : GMT +1
Exchange rate on 08/09/2015:
National Currency: CFA Franc BEAC (XAF)
1 XAF = 0,0017 USD, 1 USD = 587,4497 XAF
1 XAF = 0,0015 EUR, 1 EUR = 655,9570 XAF
Type of State : Unitary Republic based on parliamentary democracy.
Level of development : Middle-income countries (lower bracket).
The economy relies mainly on agriculture and oil.
HDI* : 0.505/1
HDI (world) : 152/187
Note : (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an indicator which synthesizes several data such as deviated expectancy, level of education, professional careers, access to culture etc.
To call from Cameroon, Dial N
To call to Cameroon, call +237
Internet suffix : .cm
Computers : 1.2 per 100 inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 3.6 per 100 inhabitants
Internet Users : 5.7 per 100 inhabitants
Access to Electricity : 48.7% of the population
Police : 117 et 1500
Gendarmerie : 113
Fire brigade : 118
Hospital emergencies : 119
Contact the Embassy
Embassy of Cameroon in France
73, rue d’Auteuil
Phone: +33 (0) 126.96.36.199.33
Fax: +33 (0) 188.8.131.52.52
You can contact the Embassy via email.
- Cheap labor ;
- Abundant natural resources.
The 2010-2011 economic plan contains provisions that can attract foreign direct investment, particularly in areas with high capital intensity (mining, agro-industry, energy, construction). The Cameroonian government work including the establishment of a one stop shop for entrepreneurs. The measures implemented by the government. The Cameroonian government has targeted certain sectors as priorities for investment: transport, agribusiness, tourism and rural development. To attract more investors, large programs are being implemented by the government, with the support of donors, to improve the delivery of justice, increase the supply of energy, strengthen economic information, simplify procedures, support businesses, protect the economic space facing the illegal threats. Cameroon also has free zones in which can settle all export-oriented enterprises, ie producing goods and services intended exclusively for export. There are many advantages for the company: exemption of any license, permit or quota restrictions for export as for import, ability to open foreign currency accounts, absence of restrictions on sales transactions of devisesétrangères purchase, transfer of right to the profits made abroad (however 25% must be reinvested in Cameroon), tax exemption and tax over a period of 10 years from the start of operations at a global tax rate 15% on profits from the 11th year.
- Either be registered in the Trade Register or to the communal Directory ;
- Having made a declaration of existence ;
- Hold professional trader’s card ;
- Have local physical facilities and where required ;
- Respect other professional obligations, especially in tax matters ;
- Obtain prior approval (for foreign nationals).
The organization for the declaration investment Cameroon Info Invest in the Franc Zone Portal specific authorization of gouvernementDemande For more information, click Investing franc.Plus information area on the page “Foreign Investment in Cameroon” de Globaltrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.
Other useful resources The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Bank subsidiary
Global finance projects in very diverse sectors; agro-industry, tourism. The Caisse Commune d’Epargne and Investment (CCEI) The Cameroon Banking Corporation (CBC).