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25 January 2023

Budget 2023 : MINFI at the Single Window for foreign Trade

Louis Paul Motaze visited the GUCE Data Centre, the Revenue Unit, and the 5 main customs offices installed at the Single Window, the main instruments for the collection of State revenues.

It was 11:46 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, when Isidore Biyiha, Director General of the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations welcomed the ministerial delegation led by Louis Paul Motaze, Minister of Finance (MINFI) at the GUCE headquarters building. The GUCE Manager was accompanied by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Edwin Fongod Nuvaga, who is also the Director General of Customs.

Isidore Biyiha took the opportunity to thank MINFI for its constant support and accompaniment in the vast project of dematerialisation of foreign trade procedures during his welcoming remarks. According to the Director General of GUCE, “The digitisation of procedures is part of the instruments that will enable the Cameroonian Government to achieve its objectives by making the modest contribution of the Single Window in the collection of State revenues.

This visit comes within the framework of a grand tour that this member of government is carrying out in the deconcentrated services of his ministerial department since Monday, January 16, 2023, after the official launch of the state budget for the year 2023. The GUCE is one of the important stages of this great tour which led the team of Louis Paul Motaze in turn to the Regional Tax Centres on the one hand and the Treasury on the other hand, and in the main operational units of the Directorate General of Customs in the Littoral Region.

It should be recalled that the two most important customs offices in Cameroon in terms of revenue, since they account for more than 75% of the revenue collected by Cameroonian customs as a whole, namely Douala Port I (in charge of processing containerised imports for consumption) and Port V (in charge of processing vehicle imports) are housed at the GUCE.

With the three other offices with equally significant contributions, namely Douala Port 2 (in charge of suspensive regiments), Douala Port 5 (in charge of exports) and Douala Port 6 (in charge of bulk goods), the GUCE alone accounts for more than 85% of contributors to Cameroonian customs revenue. To this, it is necessary to add the multiplication of payment channels for customs duties and taxes (digital payments, payments by bank cards and bank transfers) developed by the Single Window to obtain the performances recorded in recent years.

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