The president of the Conference of CEMAC Heads of State Paul Biya, chaired an extraordinary summit of the subregion on Wednesday 18 August 2021, during which pertinent issues impacting the community’s development were discussed. The meeting via videoconference was held under the theme “Evaluation of the macro-economic situation in the CEMAC zone in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and analysis of recovery measures”.
Speaking in Yaounde, Paul Biya lauded the efforts of the CEMAC member States so far in the fight against COVID-19, although the health crisis has left huge devastating effects on their economies.
“The global economic recession of 3.3% recorded in 2020 did not leave our countries out. Extreme poverty and vulnerability have ravaged our subregional space. The attainment of the durable development objectives in 2030 are today strongly compromised” Paul Biya stated in his address on Wednesday.
He congratulated the CEMAC Heads of State for remaining steadfast with all the constraints. He equally thanked partners of the community like; the IMF, World Bank, African Development Bank and France for their constant support.
A moment was also taken to pay homage to late Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno, who died on April 19, 2021 “this day’s meeting is the first of its kind since the tragic death of the Chadian president, our brother Marechal Idriss Deby Itno. I want to once more pay homage to him. For his exceptional Pan African engagement, for his remarkable defense of the cause of our community” Paul Biya.
As a measure to curb the effects of COVID-19 on the CEMAC subregion, all participants of the extraordinary summit were encouraged to take vaccination seriously, as it is one of the proven and effective ways through which the health crisis can be controlled.