On Thursday, 10 September 2020 in Yaounde (Cameroon), the Permanent Secretary of the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), Prof. Emmanuel Sibidi DARANKOUM, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Richard BALE, High Commissioner of Canada to the Republic of Cameroon. For the occasion, the Permanent Secretary was accompanied by the Director of Legal Affairs of OHADA, Dr. Boubacar Sidiki DIARRAH. The meeting took place in the presence of Mrs. Fatou TOURE, Commercial Affairs Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner of the High Commission.
At the beginning of the working meeting between the two delegations, the High Commissioner of Canada to Cameroon firstly thanks the Permanent Secretary of OHADA for the initiative of this visit. He also warmly congratulated him on his appointment to lead the destiny of OHADA. The Canadian diplomat also expressed his willingness to support the Organization and explore avenues of cooperation between the Organization and his country.
Taking the floor, the Permanent Secretary extended his gratitude to the High Commissioner for his availability and concern. He magnified Canada’s support for OHADA and recalled that the country hosted the OHADA Conference of Heads of State and Government on 17 October 2008 in Quebec (Canada), and also participated in the financing of the Uniform Act on Contract for the Carriage of Goods by Road of 22 March 2003 (still in force) development’s process. He requested the support of Canada, which has solid experience in the effectiveness of bi-juralism and the training of the judges of OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration in Common Law, in the light of the desired opening of the Organisation to English-speaking countries.
The High Commissioner expressed his keen interest in the various submissions and his availability to consider them.
During the visit, the Permanent Secretary offered the High Commissioner a set of books produced by OHADA, with a view to further disseminating and popularizing the Organization’s productions.
Upon receiving the books, the diplomat said he had been amazed by the breadth of the Organization’s scientific output.
The two delegations expressed their total satisfaction and pledged to continue their collaboration.
Prof. Emmanuel Sibidi DARANKOUM