By decision N° 231/CA/ONPC of July 7, 1994 creating a Port Community, the Board ofDirectors of the National Port Office of Cameroon (ONPC) created an association of users and port administrators called Port Community (Port Synthèse).
By Law N°98/21, ONPC during its breakdown was split into four port authorities – the Port Authority of Douala (PAD), the Port Authority of Kribi (PAK), the Port Authority of Limbe(PAL) and the Port Authority of Garoua (PAG). In order to synergize actions aimed at promoting Cameroon ports, the Port Community was extended to all ports in Cameroon on January 24, 2019.
The founding members are :
- The Port Authority of Douala (PAD)
- The Port Authority of Kribi (PAK)
- The Port Authority of Limbe (PAL)
- The Port Authority of Garoua (PAG)
- The Directorate General of Customs (DGD)
- The Cameroon National Shippers’ Council CNCC)
- The Chamber of Commerce, Trade, Industries, Mines and Crafts (CCIMA)
- The National Office of Industrial Free Zones (ONZFI)
- Shipping and Logistics officials from the Gulf of Guinea (CLGG)
- The Union of Agents and Ship-owners of Cameroon (UCAM)
- The Professional group of Stevedores of Cameroon (GPAC)
- The Union of Customs Approved Agents and Freight Forwarders in Cameroon(SCADTC).
- The development of the reputation (notoriety) of the ports of Cameroon
- Enhancement of the image of the ports of Cameroon
- Promotion of port host cities at regional and international levels
- Valorization and promotion of the potentials of Cameroonian ports as well as offers and services of port harbours with the aim of preserving national ship-owners and shippers and those of other countries
- Development of necessary synergy between members of the Cameroon Port Community
- Execution of commercial plans aimed at increasing the attractiveness and the competitiveness of the national ports
- And contribution to the fluidity of corridors, roads, transit and international trade routes from and/or to Cameroon’s ports
As a platform of exchange of development of ideas seeks solutions to latent misunderstanding between members. It is also an avenue for conviviality where participatory and anticipatory approaches are employed. While evidently waiting for other roles to be incorporated into its missions, the Cameroon Port Community is managed by its technical committees, whose duties are now devolved to each port.