New Year Wishes 2012: Ambassador Requests Cameroonians to React to President’s Request on Economic Recovery


Speaking during her New Year Wishes ceremony in the Hague, the Head of Mission, Ambassador Mrs. Odette Melono called on all Cameroonians living in the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to positively react to President Paul Biya’s request made during his December 31, 2011 End of Year message, in which he called on Cameroonians to make economic recovery a top National Priority.

On Friday 27 January 2012, Cameroonians and friends of Cameroon conveyed at the Cameroonian Embassy in The Hague to honour an invitation from the Cameroon’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Her Excellency Mrs. Odette Melono to jointly participate in the traditional End of year and New Year Wishes ceremony. The list of invitees included prominent Cameroonians; representatives of Cameroonian Associations and organizations in the Netherlands as well as friends of Cameroon. The ceremony began with the singing of the National Anthem in both English and French followed by a prayer by Dutch Reverend Pastor Hans Hafkens.

In her opening remark (her New Year wishes) Ambassador Mrs. Melono started by expressing that in the spirit of the traditional ceremony of New Year wishes and New Year celebrations, she and her staff were very happy for the massive turnout by invitees. She especially thanked the Rev Pastor Hafkens for his prayers and blessing for Cameroon and for always being there.

Referring to the Presidential elections of 9th October 2011 which was massively won by President Paul Biya, the Head of Mission added that “Cameroonians definitely made a choice of wisdom, stability, peace and development”.

Mrs. Melono pointed out that, “the year 2012 opens a new era of our historical landscape full of promise and marked by a ‘new dynamic’ which focuses on great accomplishments”. These accomplishments she said “reflects the deep aspirations of the Cameroonian people to develop in harmony, unity and peace”.

In this perspective more than ever…Mrs. Melono continued, “Cameroonians in the Diaspora especially those in the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg should positively react to the Head of state’s request during his December 31, 2011 end-of-year speech in which he called on all Cameroonians to make economic recovery a real national cause”.

For Cameroon’s diplomatic mission in The Hague, the Ambassador insisted: “We shall follow the policy of promoting economic exchanges between our two countries” (Cameroon and the Netherlands). On the consular front, she added “we shall pursue the policy of close collaboration with all Cameroonians resident in the Netherlands and Luxembourg”.

To round up her speech, the Ambassador requested all present to raise their glasses for a toast “for peace and prosperity for our beautiful and great country, Cameroon” as well as for the host countries: The Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The New Year toast was then followed by refreshments. The ceremony rounded up at about 21:00pm.

For photos of the events, please visit our photos gallery in the coming days.

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