Henri Eyebe Ayissi

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Henri Eyebe Ayissi (born September 24, 1955[1][2]) is a Cameroonian politician and diplomat who served in the government of Cameroon as Minister of Foreign Relations from 2007 to 2011. He was Minister-Delegate at the Presidency for the Higher Audit Office from 2011 to 2015 and has been Minister of Agriculture since 2015.


Eyebe Ayissi was born in Mbellé, a village in Obala District, Lekie Department, Center Province.[1][2] After working at the Inspection Générale of the State from November 1981 to September 1982, he worked under the Prime Minister as Head of the Department of Legal Studies and Deputy Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs from September 1982 to February 1984. From August 1984 to September 1985 he worked at the Ministry of Public Service as Head of the Division of Research and Regulations. From September 1985 to January 1987, he was First Chargé d'études in the Division of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Planning, and on January 7, 1987, he became Secretary of Ministerial Councils at the Presidency.[1][3] He was then appointed to the government as Minister of Urban Planning and Housing on September 7, 1990, serving in that position until he was replaced in the government named on November 27, 1992.[1][2][3]

In 1998, Eyebe Ayissi became Inspector-General of the Services of the Ministry of Higher Education,[3] and he subsequently served as Inspector-General on Electoral Issues at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation.[3][4] He was appointed as Foreign Minister by President Paul Biya on September 7, 2007, replacing Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara,[2][4][5] and he was installed in office on September 10, 2007.[4]

He was moved to the post of Minister-Delegate at the Presidency for the Higher Audit Office in December 2011 and then to the post of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on 2 October 2015.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d Page on Ayissi at Cameroonian government website (French).
  2. ^ a b c d Justin Blaise Akono, "Henri Eyebe Ayissi : 15 ans après ...", Mutations, September 8, 2007 (French).
  3. ^ a b c d Biography of Ayissi at the website of the Cameroonian embassy to France (French).
  4. ^ a b c "Prime Minister installs newly appointed members of government", Cameroonian government website.
  5. ^ "Cameroonian leader reshuffles his cabinet", African Press Agency, September 7, 2007.
  6. ^ Omer Mbadi, "Cameroun : Paul Biya procède à un remaniement gouvernemental", Jeune Afrique, 2 October 2015 (French).
  7. ^ Monda Bakoa, "Ils changent de portefeuille", Cameroon Tribune, 4 October 2015 (French).
Preceded by
Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara
Foreign Minister of Cameroon
Succeeded by
Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo