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Douala, Cameroon

Sister City Agreement Signed September 24, 1986

In April, Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development, in collaboration with the African and Caribbean Business Council, is organizing a trade mission to Gabon and Cameroon.  The delegation will be traveling to Philadelphia's Sister City, Douala.  Please click on the links below for more details.

· Link to the event profile :

· Link to the flyer / agreement:

In 1986, Douala and Philadelphia became Sister Cities.  Douala is the largest port in West Africa and the unofficial economic capital of the Cameroon.  With 1,448,300 people, it is the largest city in the country and has a richly diverse population that represents more than 130 ethnic groups.  Douala was actually named after a 17th century tribe that settled in the coastal area of Cameroon.  Located on an estuary of the River Wouri, the city is a delightful mosaic of colorful markets, historic churches and museums.  An equatorial forest on Douala's outskirts serves as a sanctuary for dozens of species of birds.  Since 1986, delegations from each city have met to explore technical assistance programs and initiate cultural exchanges. 

IVC's good friends, Danielle Ngaba and her sister Cynthia, both studying in Philadelphia, have attended many events and receptions over the past few years.  Their mother, father and niece, pictured below, visited and attended the June First Thursday reception.   

Photos of past delegations from Douala are below.