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Political and Economic Section

The Political and Economic Section, which also operates Commercial Services, monitors a wide range of topics in Cameroon such as:

  • Human Rights
  • Democratic progress and elections
  • Legislation
  • Social and civic freedoms and religious expression
  • Labor relations and student activism
  • Governance
  • Macroeconomic stability and growth
  • Business climate
  • U.S. investment and trade
  • HIPC debt relief

The State Department issues two major reports for every country in the world, including Cameroon. The Political Officer is responsible, along with appropriate Washington DC-based officials, for drafting and editing these reports available here. They include:

  • Cameroon Country Report on Human Rights Practices 
  • Cameroon International Religious Freedom Report
  • Trafficking in Persons Report - Cameroon 

The Political and Economic Section also implements regional projects such as:

  • CARPE (Central African Regional Program for the Environment) is a USAID regional program for rainforest conservation. Operations were initiated in Cameroon in 1998.
  • GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is program implemented in conjunction with Peace Corps and the Cameroon Ministry of Education in ten pilots schools throughout the country.
  • FHA/SFPS (Family Health and AIDS Prevention) is a regional USAID project.
  • EDDI (Education for Democracy and Development Initiative) is a program which gives scholarships to needy girls in Cameroon to encourage and support them in their efforts to continue their education. This program also supports a limited number of other activities promoting girls' education in Cameroon.

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