The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde welcomed students from the International Marketing and Regional Integration programs of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, or IRIC, to the James Baldwin Information Resource Center, or IRC, to acquaint themselves with the functioning of the center, and to have access to relevant resources for their academic research work.
The James Baldwin Information Resource Center is a component of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde. It is a public lending library for students, academia and the general public, and a reference/research center, which provides comprehensive and authoritative information on the United States.
Embassy Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II congratulated the students on their admission into such a prestigious institution as IRIC.
“This is an effort the United States of America is proud to offer Cameroon in a support role,” he said. “The real credit for all efforts go to Cameroon and Lake Chad Basin nations because they are leading all security efforts. All Cameroonians must be proud of how their sons and daughters in uniform have not hesitated to defend their homeland and fellow citizens against Boko Haram’s attacks, which have victimized innocent civilians and targeted women and girls.”
Mr. Quiroz said, “Boko Haram will be defeated, so that Cameroonians can build a future of peace and prosperity through their own talents and ideas.”
He also underscored other areas of partnership between both nations, including the protection of refugees fleeing violence, U.S. support for a vibrant civil society, growing private sector to create jobs, and a free media, and joint efforts to protect wildlife.
Mr. Quiroz also explained how diplomacy is an instrument of advancing good governance goals adding that public perception of their performance as IRIC students and future diplomats and civil servants is very important as well.
“Congratulations in your achievements,” he told the students.“As future leaders in your fields, your first and foremost priority will be to advance the interests of Cameroon. That is a great responsibility.”
The United States is proud to work with its partner Cameroon for the benefit of both nations, the region, and Africa.