7, November 2017
The Gabonese Minister of Presidential Affairs and National Defence, Etienne Massard Kabinda Makaga has paid a one-day working visit to Cameroon. It was about 10 am when Etienne Massard Kabinda Makaga arrived the premises of the Ministry of Defence.
After the usual military ritual was staged, he discussed ways of reinforcing ties between his country and Cameroon especially in the domains of defence and free circulation of goods within the CEMAC sub region. The audience gave way to a guided tour supervised by the Secretary of State in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam.
The first stop was at the Military Engineering Corps in the Ngoa-Nkelle neighbourhood where the achievements of this department were highlighted.
From Ngoa-Nkelle, the Gabonese Minister was led to the Combined Armed Services Military Academy, EMIA, created in 1962. It was then time to stop over at the over-a decade-old, International War College, Simbock which has trained senior military officers from both CEMAC and non-CEMAC countries.
The August guest later visited the International School for Security Forces created in 2008; a visit which did not leave the Gabonese Defence Minister, indifferent. It is the hope of many that this visit paves the way to better relations between Cameroon and Gabon.