DIPLOMACY: USA ENCOURAGES THE INITIATIVES OF THE PROMOTION OF BILINGUALISM AND MULTICULTURALISM.

The United States of America through its Ambassador in Cameroon, His Excellency Peter Henry Barlerin has pledged to assist Cameroon in beefing up the expertise and the functioning of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (NCPBM).

This Commission that was created on January 23, 2017 by the President of the Republic as a quick response to the complaints of multiculturalism tabled by English speaking Cameroonians of the North West and South West regions is a consultative organ placed under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic and is financially independent.

Speaking during an audience granted him by the President of the Commission, Peter Mafany Musonge, at the Commission headquarter in Yaounde, the United States Ambassador told the press that the United States of America is a big hub and melting pot of multiculturalism. So they have a long history of dealing with multicultural problems, though it’s not often a bed of roses.  He pledges the United States assistance in providing the Commission with experts if necessary.

Cameroon being a veritable model of diversity with two official languages, over two hundred dialects, multiple ethnic and cultural groups, and disparate relief features from North to South and from East to West; it is not often easy to bring everybody to work on the same table because human beings are by nature complex.

The initiative was welcomed by the President of the Commission who took the opportunity to dwell on their first outing to the region. It was a three day mission to the South West capital of Buea during which they met with several local religious, economic, political leaders and the population to understand what their grievances were.

The visit falls in line with the Commission’s short term plan to visit all the ten regions of the country so as to listen to the people’s worries.

This visit of the United States of America’s ambassador was also an opportunity to learn about the functioning and the achievements it has so far recorded.

Cynthia Efopa

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