Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Beng’Yela Augustine GANG, has urged his kinsmen residing in Liberia to become critical actors in the development and growth of their country’s economy, while contributing positively to the development of Liberia.
Ambassador Augustine GANG also wants his compatriots to become key players in every sector of Cameroun governance, to especially move the country forward, thereby improving the lives of every Cameroonian.
“I speak especially to my fellow Cameroonians especially those residing in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to show your steadfastness and focus of development in dear Cameroon,” he pleaded.
The Cameroonian Diplomat made these assertions at a dinner hosted in observance of his country’s national day.
The day is celebrated on May 20 every year since it was first observed in 1964.
The day was chosen to unite both the English and French-speaking people of that Central African nation, which has produced some of Africa’s best footballers, including Samuel Eto’o and Patrick Mboma.
Tuesday’s celebration, staged under the theme, “The Army and the Nation: Building Synergy to Preserve Peace and Security, the Guarantee of Integration, Stability and Socio-economic Development,” was held at a local resort in Monrovia.
According to the Cameroonian envoy, the economy of his country will only experience dramatic growth when its citizens play a pivotal role by uniting themselves as one people.
In retrospect, Ambassador GANG noted that much of his country’s development has become a reality as a result of that country’s government’s focus on the social welfare of Cameroonians.
The Cameroonian envoy indicated that since independence, the government has given to inter-ethnic, inter-cultural and inter-religious harmony and solidarity.
Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Una Kumba Thompson lauded Cameroonians residing in Liberia, especially those who attended the just-ended occasion that marked the celebration of their 42nd anniversary.
Minister Thompson noted that the harmonious relationships between the two countries are based on “deep sense of mutual respect for the interests and wellbeing of our people.”
“Historically,” Minister Thompson said, “the first country to establish diplomatic mission at ambassadorial level with Cameroun was Liberia,” when she appointed Ambassador Francis Marshall in 1960 to that nation.
By that, Minister Thompson continue that as far back in 1919, Liberia played a pivotal role at the League of Nations during a period when German-Cameroon was placed under trusteeship, and the 1960’s struggle for independence in Africa.
“Our two countries began to enjoy the reassuring satisfaction of a friendship based not only on our African solidarity, but our shared aspirations for global peace and happiness.”
“Our two countries,” she said, “endeavored also to foster the maintenance of world peace, security, unity, non-alignment, and free trade amongst the comity of nations.”
Among those present at the occasion were United States of America Ambassador to Liberia, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, Ivorian and Ghanaian Ambassadors to Liberia, as well as an array of Liberian government officials. Among them were the Ministers of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell, Education Etmonia David Tarpeh and the Publisher of Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best.
Others were representatives of the Chinese Embassy, President of the Liberian Business Association, Dee-Maxwell- Kemayah and the general secretary, M. Leelai Kpukuyou, and hosts of other dignitaries.