(Business in Cameroon) - Cameroonian transport ministry (Mint) announced that, as part of the facilitation of transport and transit in the CEMAC area (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon), it issued about 1,640 permits in 2017.
In detail, these include 1,484 approvals for the transport of local goods, 141 for the transit of general cargo and 15 for exceptional transport in the Cemac zone. “This industry has created about 4,920 direct jobs. Also, the monitoring of the permanent compliance with these approvals’ specifications contributes to making transports more efficient and more fluent,” the Cameroonian Ministry of Transport said.
Despite Cameroon’s performance in the transport sector, the World Bank revealed in a “breaking agricultural trade barriers in Central Africa” report, presented August 30 in Yaoundé, that red tape is the main obstacle to agricultural trade on CEMAC corridors. The consequence is that product prices “are systematically higher than official tariffs”.
The World Bank then suggests a cross-sectoral collaboration and strong political leadership to overcome the inevitable political economy resistance from those who currently collect incomes at the expense of the poor.