Due to its geographical location, the Republic of Cameroon is the natural gateway to Central Africa. The country has close to 24 million inhabitants spread over a surface area of more than 475,000 sq.kms. It shares borders with Chad, Nigeria, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic (source: France Diplomatie, 2017).
The agricultural and mining resources at Cameroon’s disposal encourage states, particularly among the major emerging countries, to develop closer bilateral relations. Cameroon is France’s largest trading partner in Central Africa, when the oil sector is excluded. Cameroon is also driven by the pursuit of major structuring projects, launched by the authorities and aimed at boosting the economy.
France remains one of the top three investor countries in Cameroon, with the United States and Malaysia. The French presence relies on a hundred or so subsidiaries of French groups, active in the hydrocarbon, agri-food, cement, wood, construction, telecommunications and logistics sectors. The establishment of around 200 SME-SMIs founded by Franco-Cameroonians also testifies to the vitality of the economic ties established between the two countries.
In order to meet the needs of its customers on the Cameroonian market, Simon Associés has developed privileged relations with economic and legal partners locally.