President Paul Biya of Cameroon and wife Chantal are in the Italian capital Rome with a huge delegation to reinforce diplomatic, economic and bilateral ties between the two countries.
The State visit on the invitation of Italian President Sergio Mattarella is another forum to strike important deals that will buttress the ties between the two countries that was established since 1962.
During last year’s visit by the Italian President to Yaoundé, a number of agreements were signed including free visas to holders of Diplomatic and service passports. The result has been an upsurge of exchange between the two countries. The return visit to Rome is expected to yield new agreements in the areas of energy, housing, transportation, agribusiness, industry and other sectors.
The visit by Cameroon’s President to the world’s eighth largest economic power comes less than a week after the Italian government announced the cancellation of some Cameroon’s debts within the framework of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative from the year 2006-2012.
On the sidelines of the Presidential State visit to Italy, Biya’s wife, Chantal Biya was treated to a guided tour of the Quirinal Palace.