Major issues featuring during the 3rd business people’s debate at the GICAM headquarters in Douala include controversial weights and delays across truck weighing stations.
The third debate by the Cameroon business guild GICAM November 23, ended on a note of hope from the Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga, who promised that proposals retained will be given due consideration. Proposals such as the amelioration of the business climate, modification of certain articles of the December 2015 Finance Law, enhancing fluidity in truck weighing stations and the need to eliminate variations in weight figures between truck weighing stations were paramount.
The debate, which harped on the theme: “Trade Regulation and Acceleration of Growth: Strengths and Constraints of the New Law Governing Commercial Activities in Cameroon,” convened a cross section of business people from the commercial and industrial city of Douala with one hope: to propose ways to enhance economic growth through an improved business climate.
Participants sought to know why would the law exclude control officers judicial inquest if the products seized during controls deteriorates while under his keeping, insufficient coordination between the different administration, marked delays witnessed by trucks across weighing stations, as well as weight variations for a truck with fixed goods moving from Douala to Yaounde. The example was made of a truck that is proved to be weighing 36 by the Weighing Station in Yassa-Douala but further on in Edea the same truck with the same quantity of goods is said to weigh 26, and then later on at the Weighing Station in Yaounde it is 34.
It was also opportunity to question why trucks will spend two hours or more in a station if only to take weight. To most of the points made, Minister Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga reiterated measures that are underway to improve the business climate.
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