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    UNIS/L/255
    19 October 2017

    Cameroon takes action on three UNCITRAL Treaties

    VIENNA, 19 October (UN Information Service) - On 11 October 2017, the Government of Cameroon deposited instruments of ratification or accession to three international conventions prepared by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). These three treaty actions are a remarkable illustration of Cameroon's greater commitment to the harmonization of international trade law in Africa. They are to be seen in the context of Cameroon's role as Chair of the 49 th session of UNCITRAL (2016-2017) and the announcement, at the 50 th session of UNCITRAL in July 2017, that an African regional centre of UNCITRAL is to be created in Cameroon.

    With its accession to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980) (CISG), Cameroon becomes the eighty-eighth State Party to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Cameroon on 1 November 2018.

    Information on the Convention is available on the UNCITRAL website: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/uncitral_texts/sale_goods/1980CISG.html

    Cameroon has also acceded to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (2005) (the Electronic Communication Convention) and becomes the ninth State Party. The Convention will enter into force for Cameroon on 1 May 2018.

    Information on the Convention is available on the UNCITRAL website: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/uncitral_texts/electronic_commerce/2005Convention.html

    With its ratification of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (2008) (the Rotterdam Rules), Cameroon becomes the fourth State Party to that Convention. Twenty treaty actions are required for the Convention to enter into force.

    Information on the Convention is available on the UNCITRAL website: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/uncitral_texts/transport_goods/2008rotterdam_rules.html

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    The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria, and maintains a website at www.uncitral.org .

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    For information contact:

    Jenny Clift
    Principal Legal Officer
    UNCITRAL Secretariat
    Email: jenny.clift[at]uncitral.org