Salutary Trade Resumption

Information that economic activities, hitherto obstructed between Cameroon and Nigeria in the Far North Region owing to the bestial Boko Haram insurgencies which obliged authorities to close the borders between the two brotherly countries, have fully resumed sounds good. Nigeria and Cameroon are, to say the least, birds of a feather who by space and time are bound to flock together. The two countries share an almost 2,000km common border line and have similarities in multiple socio-cultural spheres. They are therefore each other’s keeper!
Pushed off each other’s arms by a common enemy; the terrorist Boko Haram sect, obviously dealt a blow on the people who have proven over the years to be friends indeed who constantly come to each other’s assistance in times of need. It is certainly no news that Nigeria, an emerging market economy, has a population of about 200 million people and is one of Cameroon’s main trading partners. Some of the products that Nigeria sells to Cameroon include automobile spare parts, building materials, cosmetics, household appliances, plastic buckets, and petroleum products such as fuel and lubricants. Meanwhile, Cameroon’s exports to Nigeria consist mostly of food products, livestock, vegetable oil and soap. Most of Cameroon-Nigeria trade takes place through the North, Far North, South West, and to a lesser extent around the Adamawa regions.   
Reviving trade, following the reopening of the borders certainly increases the inflow and outflow of goods and services for the benefit of the two peoples. Goods that were stocked in Cameroon for want of customers are obviously finding ready markets in the Nigeria’s huge population and Cameroonians in the Far North region and its environs are as well comfortably buying from Nigeria as was the case before the terrorist sect struck. Good news indeed!
It is an open secret that the Far North Region is a hub of trading routes and cultures. Besides commerce, the local economy is based on agriculture, livestock farming, fishing, tourism, transportation of goods, handcrafts and hunting. Reviving economic activities between Cameroon and Nigeria in the border loc...



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