Cameroon : Visa Abolition For Holders Of Diplomatic or Service Passports

Cameroon : Visa Abolition For Holders Of Diplomatic or Service Passports

Immediate Family Members Stand To Benefit.

Holders of diplomatic or service passports in the nearest future will be exempted from visa requirement to enter Switzerland. This is thanks to the adoption of Bill No.  1095/PJ/AN  authorizing  the President of the Republic to ratify the Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Cameroon and the Swiss Federal Council, on the reciprocal abolition of the visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic or Service Passports.

 This bill will strengthen friendship and solidarity ties between the two countries. With its adoption, nationals, holders of diplomatic or service passports of the two states, can enter and leave the territory without any qualms. It will as well ease diplomatic, economic and trade relationships between the two countries. Honorable Manju Nestus the rapporteur of the foreign affairs committee pointed out.

According to the Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbela Mbela, the bill will not only strengthen Cameroon’s relationship with Switzerland, but will also enhance the trade investment protection and technical cooperation agreement signed on 28th January 1963, the air transport agreement signed in Yaoundé on the 13th January, 2009 and the agreement on the remunerated activity of dependents of members of diplomatic missions, consular posts and permanent missions, signed 27th December 2010.

Honorable Joana Ebangha Agbor Ntui mentioned that, the Bill on visa cancelation for holders of diplomatic and service passports will be helpful to Cameroonians. This will encourage and facilitate movements of people from one country to another as well as help family members. Life will become economically and financially favorable for the two countries as movement will be easier.

Economically, when people travel, they transfer goods and services that can change the lives of many. She stated clearly.

The said bill was adopted at the Yaoundé Conference Centre on the 18th of June 2021 during a plenary sitting by parliamentarians in the presence of some members of government.

By Takang Bisong

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