This study has three objectives: the analysis of Cameroon’s trade structure and evolution, with specific focus on China’s contribution; the identification and the analysis of the sources and the extent of gains and losses of the domestic key stakeholders confronting Chinese goods; and some suggested policy responses that could maximize the benefits and address challenges arising from trade relations with China.
The study draws from Khan and Baye (2008)’s scoping study on the economic relations between China and Cameroon, focusing not only on trade, but also on aid and investment channels. As concerns trade relations with China, they observed a rapid increase in the volume of trade over the past few years, largely due to a surge in imports from China, as exports to China decline. Exports to China are highly concentrated in primary products (essentially cotton and wood in various forms), while imports are largely diversified manufactured products comprising machinery, electrical equipment, garments, textiles, light industry products, metals, etc. In this context, this study examines key features of trade with China and assesses its impact on the Cameroonian economy.