A Partnership Agreement was signed last Friday 5 June between the Port Authority of Kribi and the Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR) with a view to reinforcing, certifying, standardising, and assessing good practices.
Charles BOOTO à NGON, General Manager of the Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR) was in Kribi last Friday 5 June last, with some of his close collaborators. This working visit was mainly aimed at signing a Partnership Agreement with the Port Authority of Kribi (PAK), with the overall objective of improving the competitiveness of the young port, notably by implementing a quality approach within its administrative, logistics and technical management units.
The signing ceremony of the above-mentioned Agreement, by Patrice MELOM, General Manager of the PAK and his counterpart from the ANOR was chaired by Antoine BISAGA, Senior Division Officer for the Ocean. It is reported that it is with the aim of establishing the culture of quality within his company that the General Manager of the PAK requested the ANOR's supervision, owing to its missions and its expertise in terms of standards and quality.
Concretely, the Agreement signed covers five main areas: developing and certifying standards for products, facilities, services, skills, processes and management systems related to the port sector; monitoring compliance with regulations related to the management of the PAK, which falls within the scope of competence of the NRA; assessing conformity to standards and promoting quality approach in the port sector; building the capacities of the PAK staff on national and international standards applicable to the port sector; operationalizing the Pre-Shipment Conformity Assessment Programme (PECAE)for goods imported into the Republic of Cameroon .
According to Patrice MELOM, the Port of Kribi has opted since its inception, to comply with international standards in terms of procedures, services, and equipment. "A choice that earned us in March 2018, the certification to the ISPS code in recognition of the conformity of the procedures that we implement in handling container and conventional traffic operations," said the GM enthusiastically. He indicated that today, "one of our expectations is that the partnership with the ANOR will allow, in the long term, to build the confidence of stakeholders in the maritime sector in our port platform, by making Kribi an attractive destination for national and foreign partners".