PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP OF THE PORT AUTORITHY OF DOUALA

PORT SYNTHESE

THE INTRODUCTORY WORD OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL

The public authorities have remained very attentive to the costs and delays of port passage, as part of the improvement of the competitiveness factors of foreign trade.

As the exchange of information is one of the key elements of this approach, the Autonomous Port of Douala has deemed it useful to set up a platform enabling port stakeholders to communicate quickly and safely. This tool is known as the Port Information System, abbreviated as SIP.

The project was born from the need to create a real data sharing repository to facilitate and coordinate relations between the various stakeholders in the port. But also and above all, to be linked to information and communication technologies, against the backdrop of the objective of efficiency.

In other words, the Port Information System will be the digital backbone that will serve the entire port community of Douala. To this end, the Autonomous Port of Douala, as a local port authority, will promote and define the framework within which information will and can be shared.

The General Secretariat of Port Synthèse can only encourage this initiative which will strengthen the port of Douala in its ambition to « a reference point in the heart of the Gulf of Guinea ».

                     The general secretary of Port-Synthèse

                                 Gabriel Mbarga Mbarga

PRESENTATION OF PORT SYNTHESE

The port community of the port of Douala (PORT SYNTHESE)  was created on 8 November 1994.

It is an association that brings together the main players in the maritime and port sector of the Port of Douala (economic operators and certain administrations)

 

MEMBERS OF THE PORT COMMUNITY

  • THE PORT AUTORITHY OF DOUALA
  • THE CUSTOMS DIRECTORATE GENERAL
  • THE CAMEROON SHIPPING LINES GROUP
  • THE UNION OF LICENSED CUSTOMS FORWARDERS AND COMMISSION AGENTS
  • THE PROFESSIONAL GROUP OF STEVEDORES OF CAMEROON (GPAC)
  • THE UNION OF CONSIGNEES AND SHIPOWNERS OF CAMEROON
  • THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF MINING AND CRAFT INDUSTRIES(CCIMAC)
  • THE NATIONAL OFFICE OF INDUSTRIAL FREE ZONES(ONZFI)
  • THE CAMRAIL
  • THE ROAD HAULIERS’ UNION
  • THE URBAN COMMUNITY OF DOUALA
  • THE GICAM
  • THE DIRECTORATE OF MARITIME AFFAIRS AND WATERWAYS
  • THE TASK OF DEVELOPING AND MANAGING INDUSTRIAL ZONES
  • THE CAMEROON SHIPYARD AND INDUSTRIAL SITE (CNIC)
  • THE ONE-STOP SHOP FOR FOREIGN TRADE OPERATIONS
  • ASCOMA
  • ALUCAM
  • AFRIPORT
  • CAPAO AND PARTNERS
  • SECUMAR OROPEX CAMEROUN
  • THE 2M GROUP
  • THE FAL COMMITTEE
  • THE INLAND FREIGHT MANAGEMENT OFFICE

 

 OBJECTIVES

  • Ensure the notoriety of the port of Douala
  • Improve the conditions of operation and exploitation of the Port
  • Promote port services
  • Defend the interests of members

 MAIN MISSION

  • Ensure the promotion of the Port of Douala

 

SOME ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Creation in 2003 of a training centre for modern port management with CNUCED as a partner
  • Publication of information brochures, leaflets.
  • Trade mission to the hinterland countries that led to the creation of a tripartite forum (CAMEROON-TCHAD- CAR)
HARBOUR CONCESSIONS

A concession is a contract between two companies during which one party authorizes the other to occupy a domain or operate a structure for a fee.

Following the round table organised in 1997 between port operators and donors, one of the strong recommendations that emerged was the transfer of all industrial and commercial activities to the private sector, and to confine the Port Authority to its sovereign and public heritage management missions.

As a result, certain activities of the Port of Douala have been granted.

Activités concédésEntreprisesDate d’entrée en vigueurDurée
Gestion, exploitation et maintenance du terminal à conteneur du Port de doualaDouala international terminal(DIT)01/01/200515 ans
Exploitation des parcs d’embarquement et de commercialisation du Bois au Port de DoualaSociété d’exploitation des Parcs à Bois du Cameroun (SEPBC)26/07/200510 ans
Remorquage et LamanageBOLUDA03/12/200310 ans
Gestion, exploitation et maintenance du terminal mixte Fruitier du Port de DoualaTerminal Mixte Fruitier de Douala(TMFD)15/10/201015 ans
TRAFFIC FACILITATION BODIES

THE NATIONAL FACILITATION COMMITTEE (FAL Committee)

Created by Prime Minister’s Decree No. 97/715/PM of 29 December 1997, its main mission is to monitor and coordinate the implementation of measures to facilitate and accelerate international maritime traffic. It is headed by the President of GICAM. The FAL Committee is responsible for:

  • Conduct studies related to the facilitation of international maritime transport
  • Propose to the government a national programme to simplify and reduce the procedures, formalities and documents required for the entry, stay in port and exit of ships engaged on international voyages
  • To make recommendations to administrations, public bodies and private bodies involved in international maritime traffic on appropriate practices and methods to facilitate import, export and transit operations.

The various commissions of the FAL Committee are as follows:

  • Commission 1 : Operational audit ;
  • Commission 2 : Trade procedures
  • Commission 3 : security & transit
  • Commission 4 : Electronic one-stop shop.

 

THE PAD STEERING ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CCO’PAD)

The Advisory Steering Committee of the Autonomous Port of Douala is an institution resulting from the programme of port reforms whose aim is to formalise consultation, to institutionalise consultation between the Administration, operators and users, on a permanent basis.

The main mission of the CCO’PAD

To decide by a reasoned opinion and to suggest, if necessary, broad guidelines on the subjects before them.
Composition of the CCO

With a view to involving as many stakeholders as possible in foreign trade operations, the composition of the CCO was defined by Decree No. 99/129 of 15 June 1999, in its article 3, as follows:

  • Consular Chambers (Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Handicrafts – CCIMA, Chamber of Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry of Cameroon – CHAGRI);
  • Employers’ organizations (the Groupement Interpatronal du Cameroun – GICAM; the Syndicat des Industriels du Cameroun – SYNDUSTRICAM) ;
  • Importers and exporters’ trade unions (the Cameroon Importers and Exporters Traders’ Union – SCIEC, the Group of Coffee/Cocoa Importers and Exporters’ Group – GEX);
  • Maritime, para-maritime and port professions (Shipowners, Shipowners, Consignors of ships, Authorised Customs Agents – CAD and Freight Forwarders, Stevedores).
  • Some administrations whose activities are decisive in foreign trade, such as Customs.
  • The Law Enforcement Forces operating within the port area.

To date, the CCO’PAD has admitted three (03) observer members, namely :

  • The Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations (GUCE) ;
  • The National Shippers’ Council of Cameroon (CNCC) ;
  • The FAL Committee.

 

Organization and functioning

The organization and functioning of the CCOs are governed by the provisions of Decree No. 99/129 of 15 June 1999. The functioning of the CCO’PAD is based on the Internal Regulations adopted on 24 September 1999.

The executive of the CCO’PAD consists of three elected positions:

  •  The President: the current one is the representative of the SYNDUSTRICAM ;
  • The Permanent Secretary who is currently a senior executive of the PSA;
  • The Deputy Permanent Secretary who is the representative of the Maritime Unions.

These various positions were filled following elections held on 24 August and 15 September 1999.

The Permanent Secretary may be assisted in his functions by one or more Attachés and/or several Assistant Attachés, as well as support staff.

The operating budget of the CCOs is borne by the Autonomous Port Authority (article 13 of the 1998 law and article 11 of the 1999 decree).

OPERATOR GROUPING

Professional groups

DENOMINATIONS
CONTACTS
Union des Conseils des Chargeurs Africains(UCCA)BP : 12969 Douala
Tel 33 43 70 45
Conseil National des Chargeurs du Cameroun(CNCC)BP : 1588 Douala
Tel 33 43 67 67
Syndicat national des Auxiliaires de Transports et de Transit(SYNAUTRATRA)BP : 3249 Douala
Groupement Professionnel des Acconiers du Cameroun (GPAC)
BP : 73 Douala
Tel : 33 42 05 99
Union des Consignataires et Armateurs du Cameroun(UCAM)BP : 1401 Douala
Tel : 33 42 15 21

INDUSTRIES

Many industrial companies are located in the Port of Douala.

 

ENTREPRISESACTIVITES
CIMENCAMFabrication de ciment
ALUCAMTransformation de l’aluminium
SGMCProduction de farine
TOTALDistribution des produits pétroliers
TACFabrication des tôles en acier
SCHLUMBERGERExtraction des produits d’hydrocarbures
PECTENExtraction des produits d’hydrocarbures
SCDPDistribution des produits pétroliers
CIMENTERIE DANGOTE
Fabrication de ciment
CIMENTERIE AFRICAINE (CIMAFFabrication de ciment
PUBLIC SERVICES

 

  • The Customs Service;
  • The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife;
  • The Police;
  • The Gendarmerie
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