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31 January 2023

GUCE : three major projects to boost digital transformation

These projects will be the main focus of the GUCE roadmap in the coming months. Their completion is a precursor to a qualitative and quantitative improvement of activities.

The facilitation of foreign trade procedures is one of the pillars of the government’s overall strategy to improve the competitiveness of the national economy. The Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations (GUCE), whose digitalization of procedures has boosted state revenue from CFAF 212 billion in 2012 to CFAF 880 billion in 2021 for more than CFAF 6,500 billion collected from the electronic platform e-GUCE, is announcing new projects.

In this perspective, the Director General of the Single Window, Isidore Biyiha, said that the year 2023 is a turning point in the implementation of the program of modernization of activities. This innovation will be based on the acquisition of a new platform that will allow the transition to an all-electronic system, the establishment of a maritime One-Stop-Shop and the launch of the Big Data project. The added value of this is the high level of qualitative and quantitative connectivity that allows users to access databases in real time.

On the sidelines of the Partners’ Day organised by the Directorate General of Customs (DGD) on 27 January 2023 in Douala, the GUCE received the Digital Transformation Award in the presence of the Minister of Finance Louis Paul Motazé. This award recognises the digitisation efforts put in place by this Economic Interest Grouping (EIG), which has reduced the time required for goods to pass through Cameroonian territory by about forty days in less than two weeks.

It should be recalled that the agreement signed in 2022 between the Ministry of Finance, the GUCE and the Professional Association of Credit Institutions of Cameroon (APECCAM) allows for better traceability and security of receipts from the e-GUCE platform. This option has been extended to mobile phone operators and other payment structures, allowing payments to be made wherever you are without necessarily needing to travel.

These advances have been welcomed by users because, in addition to saving time and money, the digitisation of payments considerably reduces corruption and tampering of all kinds.

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