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15 November 2022

GUCE – MINEPDED: Signing of two important agreements

With the signing of these two conventions, MINEPDED hopes to bring a breath of fresh air to the Cameroonian population.

The first of the two conventions concerned the digitisation of technical visa and technical control procedures for imports, as well as the securing of related fees; while the second related to the implementation of a solution for the monitoring of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), tyres and the management of related waste.

By signing these two conventions, the Minister of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, Hele Pierre and the Director General of the Single Window of Foreign Trade Operations, Isidore Biyiha reinforce the implementation of the commitments made by the Government in the framework of the protection of nature in general and the ozone layer in particular, according to MINEPDED in his opening speech.

It all started in 2019 with the launch of the pilot project on the Interconnected System of Technical Administrations (SIAT). This year marks the beginning of the collaboration between the GUCE and MINEPDED, notably through the dematerialisation of certain procedures, including the processing of applications for technical visas for the manufacture, import, holding for sale and making available to the consumer, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The success of this first collaboration has led to the initiation of a reflection revolving around the life cycle management of electrical and electronic equipment, tyres and related waste imported into Cameroon.

As a reminder, Cameroon produces more than 600,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, more than half of which is made up of electrical and electronic equipment, tyres and induced waste. In the absence of an appropriate recycling system, this equipment ends up in nature with a harmful impact on the various ecosystems. According to environmental experts, it takes nature almost five hundred years to recycle this type of equipment. In order to find a permanent solution to this thorny problem, the government ratified two international treaties: the Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer on 22 March 1985 and 16 September 1987 respectively.

In the absence of support from industrialised countries, which nevertheless levy a tax on companies producing this type of equipment, the public authorities have decided to electronically trace this equipment from the time it enters the territory until the end of its use, which is the purpose of the signing of this partnership between the GUCE and MINEPDED. Similarly, the two entities are committed to digitising the Technical Visa, which is a formality through which an importer obtains authorisation to import EEE. It also allows the Ministry in charge of the environment to regulate, reduce or, if necessary, ban electrical and electronic equipment that does not comply with the provisions of international conventions on environmental protection.

This partnership also extends to the digitisation of the Technical Control which allows the Ministry in charge of the environment to ensure that the equipment actually imported corresponds to that which had been previously declared and authorised. And finally, this partnership covers the payment of technical visa and technical control fees through the digital channels of the GUCE’s electronic payment platform, just as customs duties and taxes have been collected for several years through this platform. The digitisation of these procedures brings advantages in terms of speed of formalities, reliability of authorisations, traceability of transactions and security of revenue.

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