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Faced with international port competition and the dispersion of traffic formerly considered as “natural” for the Port of Douala-Bonabéri, strong action is being taken to raise the PAD to recognized standards, and consolidate its performance, its attractiveness and its competitiveness...
The process of standardization, renovation and development being implemented at the Port of Douala is a promise of the Head of State Paul Biya.
Actually, on 6 October 2011, candidate Paul Biya, campaigning in the Wouri had stated with strong conviction: “Douala must become “the port” of reference of the Gulf of Guinea”. He will even expound a whole development pro- gramme, both for the city of Douala and for the Port. For the Head of State, modernizing the Port of Douala-Bonabéri is a vital issue for the entire national economy, and even for the sub-region: “A gateway to Cameroon and several neighbou- ring countries, the backbone of the country’s eco- nomy, Douala must remain at the forefront of our fight for faster growth and job creation”.
Later after a term of office, the promise is being fulfilled. The Port of Douala-Bonabéri is in a new impetus in line with the requirements of modernity and the many changes of a highly competitive international maritime and port sector.
On high instructions by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, had to launch the modernization process announced in Douala; this needed to go through standardization, and the process started with the activities of the terminals according to the spirit and the letter of the recommendations contained in the report of 05 December 2016. Given the new vision of the Port of Douala- Bonabéri, Cyrus Ngo'o who was appointed on August 24, 2016, will extend the standardiza- tion process to all port activities.
Faced with international port competition and a wide range of traffics formerly considered as “natu- ral” for the Port of Douala-Bonabéri, strong actions are therefore being taken to give content to the the
Head of State’s instructions, by raising the Port to recognized standards, in order to establish its per- formance, attractiveness and competitiveness.
Which means standardization aims at restoring orthodoxy of the roles defined by the port reform of December 1998. PAD, the port authority, defines the specifications and the operational, social and security standards. It sees to it and makes sure that they are applied. The other com- ponents of the port community apply them.
To achieve this, the standard-setting mechanism put in place and supported by the Government of the Republic for this purpose allows: to establish a sound application of standards where they exist; to introduce and / or reinforce them with regard to the modernity of ports. Ultimately, it is a question of establishing sustainable social sta- bility with regard to staff, and safe and clean operation of the specifications as far as terminals and activities are concerned: Prerequisites for a smooth renovation and development.
Actually, the Head of State Paul Biya wants to make Cameroon a modern maritime and port hub in the Gulf of Guinea. This is the mission of the fra- mework law n° 98/021 of 24 December 1998 on the organization of the port sector and its imple- menting legislation, including decree n° 99/128 of 15 June 1999 on the organization and functio- ning of autonomous port agencies. These are the texts creating the Port Authority of Douala; the Port Authority of Kribi; the Port Authority of Limbé and the Port Authority of Garoua.
With determination and panache, Paul Biya, within the framework of his policy of great achie- vements, has just completed the first phase of the construction of the Deepwater Port of Kribi.
For a better complementarity, and to better com- pete internationally, the Port of Douala-Bonabéri had to undergo transformation. A port whose last major investments date back to the 80s. A vast

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