Delays In Foreign Trade Transactions Reduced From 40 To 5 Days In Cameroon

The Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions in Cameroon, popularly known by its French acronym, GUCE, has announced that henceforth, the treatment of documents related to foreign trade transactions would take just five days as against 40 days before. The action would go a long way in reducing delays in getting foreign goods into the country.

According to the General Manager of Guichet Unique du Commerce Exterieur (GUCE), Isidore Bayiha, “Conscious of the implacable role of digitalisation in modern management, the Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions in Cameroon has entered into an innovative phase which involves new digital revolutions, including interconnection of objects, smart data, artificial intelligence and blockchain.”

The GUCE boss explained that the digital service e-Guce also enabled the securing of state revenue through electronic financial transactions, the reduction of physical contacts with users which was generally the source of corruption and shady business transactions as well as the decongestion of offices given the fact that most operations had been dematerialised and so possible to be effected online.

“This option to digitalise is within the context of the dynamic of acceleration of operations, which seems to us indispensable to the relaunching of the economy. GUCE occupies a strategic place in the institutional economic development polity and is a leading partner of enterprises.

“Digitalisation has a very positive effect in the updating of enterprises, especially small and medium size enterprises, because it demands that they put in place the best organisation at the level of their procedures and processes,” said Protais Ayangma Amang, President of ECAM Mouvement Patronal Enterprises du Cameroun – (Cameroon Enterprises Patronal Movement).

The GUCE digitalisation is to be done in two phases, namely the physical which permits the physical regrouping of participants in the external trade procedures within the same building thus ensuring a curtailing of administrative delays from 16 to five days from the day of importation, as well as permitting the virtual regrouping of actors in the foreign trade sector.

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