AUGUSTE KENDOKOUODOMO | 8 Oct, 2019 | 0
TRUMP KICKS CAMEROON OUT OF AGOA?
“Accordingly, I intend to terminate the designation of Cameroon as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA as of January 1, 2020. I will continue to assess whether the Government of Cameroon in gross violation of international human rights, in accordance with the AGOA eligibility requirements”. With these words the American president Donald Trump promises to strip Cameroon of the advantages got from making business with the United States.
Should the controversial American President put his threats to execution, then Cameroon whose economy is already not in top shape will have much tears to wipe from its eyes. It is true that the African Growth and Opportunity Act signed into law by President George W Bush on July 13th 2004, does not only benefits Cameroon alone but benefits America as well. In fact, it is important to note that the U S has 38 other African countries involved in the AGOA program apart from Cameroon. This program is important to African countries in that it flings opens to them the doors to the world market, where as to the U S, it is another source of petroleum and other raw materials.
The program that follows liberal economic principles was aimed at suporting the economy of African countries involved, by offering them a possibility to trade with the American market, has however been criticized enormously because America has too much powers over their African partners who do not even have a right to give their own conditions in the terms of the business, as America could suspend them at any given time. As such Cameroon is likely to be suspended from the benefits of AGOA because it has failed the evaluations of the laws made by American, by being culpable of gross violation of human rights internationally recognized.
Donald Trump accuses Cameroon of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detentions and tortures. But President Paul Biya’s country could become a member of AGOA again when it fulfils the conditions defined by the Americans.