At the 1999 round table which took place in Limbe, recommendations on port reforms were made. Businesspersons and Cameroon’s authorities discussed on the formalities requiredforimporting and exporting goodsat the Douala port. Thevery long delays noticed andtheir accompanying costs were deemed as being detrimental to the local economy and diverting traffic to other ports. Following this assessment, the State of Cameroon and professional stakeholders in the clearance of goods decided to create the Single Window For Foreign Trade (GUCE) so as to simplify procedures on importing and exporting goods, and reduce related costs and clearance time through the physical or virtual grouping of all stakeholders.
Missions of the Single Window For Foreign Trade
The missions of the Single Window For Foreign Trade consist in:
Objectives of the Single Window For Foreign Trade(Guce)
The Single Window For Foreign Trade was designed to accelerate foreign trade formalities by making it such that documents should move from one stakeholder to the other as speedily as possible.
The GUCE seeks to:
Evolution of the Single Window For Foreign Trade (GUCE)
The Single Window For Foreign Trade was set up in two phases:
Phase One: The Physical Single Window for foreign trade .
Functional since 25th August 2000, the Single Window For Foreign Trade physically brings together most of the external trade public- and private-sector stakeholders in one building located at the maritime affairs centre in Douala. In this way, businesspersons do not have to carry heavy files from one end of the town to the other, which makes them incur expenses due to the movement and numerous photocopies. Save for exceptional cases, they have just one port of call – the Single Window for foreign trade (GUCE)
Phase Two: The Electronic the Single Window for foreign trade (GUCE).
The second phase began in 2008 with the advent of the first electronic procurement. This phase concerned the online provision of documents and forms, authentication of certificates and the electronic processing of files in order to attain the first objective of reducing costs and curtailing the time spent by goods at the Douala port.
Structure and organisation
The Single window of the Operations of the Foreign trade is an Economic interest group (GUCE-GIE), whose new statuses were adopted on May 15th, 2009.
His governing body consists:
The General Assembly
This is the decision-making organ charged with the task of taking major policy decisions. It :
The Board of Directors
This is the executive organ invested with the most extensive powers to act on behalf of the Group in all circumstances. It: :
The General Management
This is the operational body responsible for the daily running of Guce. It is led by the General Manager, who is appointed by the Board of Directors.
The General Manager of Guce is responsible for management and for the implementation of the policies of the organization. The General Manager reports to the Board of Directors. is The General Manager is authorized with the most extensive powers which are exercised within the limits of the corporate purpose, subject to those expressly granted to General Assemblies or specially reserved to the Board of Directors by legal or statutory provisions. As such, his duties include but are not limited to:
The Electronic Single Window for foreign trade (GUCE)
The Electronicthe Single Window for foreign trade (GUCE)isan IT platform which remotely links the various external trade players. It was designed to significantly improve on procedures.
With time, it will enable :
The Gucehas material, software and IT infrastructure mainly comprising:
Businesspersons or their transit agents can remotely carry out all import and export procedures through the Internet or through the secure private network of the the Single Window for foreign trade (GUCE) Through the same channels, they can also access the value-added Customs IT network (SYDONIA).
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