23, December 2016
Presidents Sassou Nguesso of Congo, Ali Bongo of Gabon, Faustin Touadera of the Central African Republic, Idriss Deby of Chad, and Theodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea are in Yaoundé. The leaders together with their Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya are holding an extraordinary summit of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) this Friday, December 23, 2016.
The topics on the agenda of this extraordinary summit have still not been revealed to the media. However, speculations are high that the leaders are discussing a second devaluation of the Franc CFA because of the financial crisis in the Central African Sub region.
Cameroon Concord News was reliably informed that this summit focusing on the ability of the CEMAC economy to cope with the current financial crisis. Finance ministers have revealed that CEMAC trade balance is in deficit and countries of the sub region are now facing a drastic decline in their reserves in terms of the French treasury operating account. So it is obvious that there is a risk of a second devaluation.
The leaders are also expected to examine the subject on the negotiations between CEMAC and the European Union for the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreements.
By Rita Akana