Cameroon’s international presence is facilitated by the operations of the Ministry of External Relations. Its relations with the international community are established through its embassies abroad and through the embassies of other nations within its borders. Cameroon joined the Commonwealth in November 1995, and has a strong historic link to France. It enjoys good relations with the UK expressed through the UK High Commission in Yaoundé and the British Council that operates from Yaoundé, Douala and Bamenda. Cameroon holds membership in the following key international groupings: the Commonwealth, African Union (AU), International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) and the United Nations (UN) and its specialised agencies.
There are over 30 foreign embassies in Cameroon, and most are located either in Yaoundé or Douala. The Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé supports a broad spectrum of cultural, educational, and information exchanges. The Embassy’s Self-Help and Democracy and Human Rights Funds are some of the largest in Africa. Specific funding from the US government and USAID are invested in relief initiatives for refugees, HIV/AIDS, democratisation and girl’s scholarships. The French Embassy in Cameroon’s work is involved in sustainable development issues, promoting Africa as permanent members of the UN Security Council and assisting African students to undertake their studies at French universities.
Cameroon maintains embassies, high commissions and consulates in about 25 countries around the world. Cameroon works towards international economic development, security and peace and collaborates strongly with the United Nations in that which assists the country through Rural Microfinance Development projects and other sustainable development initiatives. To strengthen Cameroon’s commitment to promoting African unity, embassies are maintained in Algeria, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Egypt and South Africa. Embassies and other foreign missions can be contacted for information on consular matters such as visas, passports and travel.