HISTORY OF CAMEROONIAN EMBASSY IN THE NETHERLANDS
Under Ambassador Odette Melono and her team, the Cameroon Embassy team works to protect and promote Cameroon interests in the Netherlands through diplomatic relations with the Netherlands government, commercial contacts with the business community and through public diplomacy directed towards Dutch people who shape opinion about Cameroon.
Diplomatic relations between Cameroon and the Netherlands were established in 1975. A Cameroon consulate then went into operation. There have been a number of Charges D’affaires to the Cameroon Consulate in the Netherlands. It should also be noted that for quite some time, the Cameroonian Ambassador to Brussels was appointed as Cameroonian Ambassador to the Benelux.
Cameroon as a very important country in West and central Africa does not only have a full Embassy at The Hague today, but has been blessed by the only female Cameroonian Ambassador serving worldwide at the moment.
Her Excellency Mrs. Odette Melono officially took over office on Wednesday 24 September 2008 thereby becoming Cameroon’s first Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In a historic ceremony at the Noordeinde Palace of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, she presented her credentials to the Queen before embarking on her journey, not only to build a more friendly relationship with the Netherlands, but as well to unite Cameroonians resident in the Netherlands and try to build a stronger bond between them.
She now holds three records: First, as the first Cameroonian Ambassador to the Cameroonian Embassy in The Netherlands. Second, as the first female Cameroonian Ambassador to the Netherlands and third, as the only female Cameroonian Ambassador worldwide since 2008.
It should be noted that Mrs. Melono is only the third ever Cameroonian female to serve in the rank of Ambassador. The last women that represented Cameroon diplomatically were Madame Simone Marie at the United Nations in 1982-1986 and Madame Isabelle Bassong as Cameroonian Ambassador to the European Institutions in Brussels (1988 to 2006).