Cameroon has joined other 52 member States of the Commonwealth family to commemorate the Commonwealth week.
Activities n Yaounde kicked off with a sports walk took place on Saturday March 10, 2018.
Speaking at the occasion, Bidoung Mkpatt, Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education,urged Cameroonians to practice sports in order to be in good health. He said in line with the theme of this year’s celebration all Cameroonians irrespective of their sex, age, gender, tribe or religion must consider sports as a powerful tool for building their common future.
The event brought together members of government, representatives of the Commonwealth diplomatic community, partner ministries, youths and other invitees. The sports walk which is a component of activities marking the Commonwealth week was the last turn before the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month. It was also an opportunity to demonstrate Cameroon’s readiness towards the upcoming games.
Other activities to feature in the week include civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and fashion shows all in the bid to celebrate the vast diversity, strong unity and uplifting values that define the Commonwealth.
This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens. The two events are joined by the same theme ‘Towards a Common Future’. Building upon the 2017 theme of ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’, this year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.