Diplomacy: Cameroon Joins Canada To Celebrate Country’s National Day

Cameroonian authorities celebrate with Canadian Ambassador,  H.E Richard Bale

Cameroon recently joined the Canadian Embassy In Yaounde to commemorate the anniversary of the Constitution Act, which consolidated three territories into the single nation of Canada, way back in 1867.

The day, which is termed Canada Day, is celebrated every July 1.  According tothe Political Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy, Marcus Davies, the aim of this is to celebrate Canada and all her partners.

The Canadian Ambassador to Cameroon invited not only the state but also civil society, and friends within Cameroon to showcase the collaboration with Cameroon and also to appreciate the friendship and a little bit of Canadian culture.

“It is also to show how much we see the potential of our collaboration, and thinking we have great things to do with all citizens of the world,” said Marcus Davies.

To him, it was a  privilege for Canadians to know and to experience the culture of Cameroon. He said, they were celebrating Canada being in Cameroon.

“We are happy that so many people have come so early despite the rain. This shows how much we are welcome,” he said.

As the celebration unfolded, the Canadian Ambassador to Cameroon, HE Richard Bale, did not forget to remind the guest that Cameroon and his country share a very similar culture.

“We follow the situation in the Northwest and Southwest closely, and we look at it over a country which has two official languages, one majority and one minority,” HE Richard Bale said.

“That resonates within us, and we press on in strengthening civil society, we try to talk to as many stakeholders as we can including, the Government of Cameroon. And we actively look to try and play a positive role if we are asked to play a positive role”.

Amongst the invitees at the event was Cameroonian actor, Epule Jeffrey, who said: “This day is very symbolic based on the turnout, and it shows the relationship Canada has established with Cameroon.”

Cameroon’s diversity he added, is very present here, and that shows Canada is very connected to Cameroon in basically every standard: from the entertainment sector,  cooperate sector to the administrative and legislative sectors.

To him, It is a good sign, and it is impressive.

Another entertainer at the event was Mr Leo, who said, entertainment is universal and it was a pleasure for him to be among the invitees in such an event.

Canada has maintained strong diplomatic ties with Cameroon since its independence. This is a day that was chosen by the Government of Canada to celebrate other aspects of Canada.

The event was attended by some government ministers and among them were the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of relations with the Commonwealth, HE Felix Mbayu; the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Issa Tchiroma Bakary; the Minister of Small and Medium-Sized Entreprises, Social Handicraft, Achille Bassilekin III; Members of the Diplomatic corps, civil society organisations, journalists.

By Godfred Sackmu

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