Douala-Bangui /Douala-N’Djamena Corridors : Towards the fluidity of transits

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During the restitution meeting of the inter-ministerial mission for the inspection of corridors regularly subjected to various impediments that held from 29 May to 13 June 2019 and chaired on June 24 by the Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Masséna Ngallè Bibéhè who was assisted by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Transport, Njoya Zakariaou and the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguelé, the Government took the commitment to improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of our various corridors…

Many shortcomings related to the multiplication of checkpoints, the lack of clarity concerning tariffs for the services of the Land Freight Management Office (BGFT), tariffs for services of the Earth Freight Management Office (BGFT), the abusive immobilization of trucks on the road, the bad state of access roads, the lack of popularization of facilitation tools, delays in the treatment of queries, the excessive laying clamps on trucks, the permanent racketing of the sum of 20,000 Fcfa for timber transport trucks, the various malfunctioning of toll numbers, constitute a non-exhaustive list of obstacles which impede the fluidity of traffic along the Douala Bangui/Douala -N’Djamena corridors and cause huge losses to the economy. At the Douala-N’Djamena corridor alone, an average of 175 billion CFA francs in annual costs stemming from these road impediments has been recorded. A situation which has caused delays in deliveries and led to non-competitiveness of products transported to or from the hinterland countries, despite efforts to facilitate the transportation of goods and transit in the CEMAC zone.

The team in charge of the inter-ministerial mission was asked to « directly assess » the problems advanced and encountered on the field by Central African and Chadian, as well as Cameroonian transporters, with regard to the fluidity of the traffic of goods in transit. This is what the National Secretary of the Port Community, Dieudonné Onana, noted during the presentation of this mission report which was quite rich in findings and recommendations whish were appreciated by all parties including representatives of socio-professional organizations in the land transport and port sectors. Said findings help not only to find consensual solutions, but also to invite the various administrations to respect the conventional commitments of Cameroon towards Chad and the Central African Republic..

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