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Presentation

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).
 Support   for   the   Community   keeps   growing   in   leaps   and   bounds.   Membership   has   since increased to include  terminal  operators, surface  carriers,  groupings with business interest, insurers,   industries   and   recently,   foreign   partners   of   landlocked   countries.   They   are   the
National   Office   of   Land   Freight   of   Chad,   BNFT,   Central   African   National   Office   of Chattering,   BARC,   Grouping   of   Central   African   Transporters,   GTC  and   Central   African National Shippers’ Council, CCAC.
 
Like   any   organization,   the   Cameroon   Port   Community   is   built   on   internal   rules   and regulations as well as statutes that govern its activities, and describe its mode of operation. Since its creation in 1994, its statutes were amended only on July 5, 2017, and on January 24, 2019. At the 8th extraordinary session of the General Assembly, the Port Community was officially christened the Cameroon Port Community.
 
With the new texts, the objectives of the Cameroon Port Community are as follows :
  • 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
With more than 20 years of existence, the Cameroon Port Community prides itself with 53 active members and an organizational structure that counts a bureau, General Assembly, board, technical commissions and a General Secretariat – all in charge of all ports in Cameroon.

The General Secretariat caters for the daily life of the community where interests converge towards the emergence of competitive ports. In essence, the Cameroon Port Community is an organization that has asserted itself over the years as a tool for the promotion of Cameroon’s ports. It is also a forum that brings together partners with the same objectives of efficiency in the action and facilitation of foreign trade operations of landlocked countries and the Cameroonian shoreline – all of which are essential conditions for a sustainable and significant growth in foreign trade.

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.