Since 1st January 2020, the Port Authority of Kribi who intends to make Kribi a reference in terms of attractiveness and competitiveness in the Gulf of Guinea officially launched the digitized procedure for invoicing and paying goods fees. With the support of the One-Stop Shop for External Trade (GUCE), the Port Authority of Kribi (PAK) works with experts to mark its status as a third-generation port.
On 21 January 2020, during an official ceremony, the General Managers of the Port Authority of Kribi and the GUCE, officially launched the E-force digital platform as the interface for invoicing and payment of goods fees. This involves the implementation of an interface for electronic data exchange between the GUCE and PAK information systems. Practically speaking, this means that invoicing and payments for goods are now done online. In line with the law of 18 November 2016 on the digitisation of foreign trade in Cameroon, PAK falls within the framework of responsible public governance as advocated by the President of the Republic. This innovation in PAK is actually a performance indicator and brings in multiple benefits among which the following:
- Reducing transaction processing times;
- Savings from the movement of people;
- Payment facilities with banks.
In addition, PAK does not intend to stop there and plans with GUCE, its partner since 2017, to extend digitisation to other procedures such as berthing fees paid to terminal operators, scanning fees payable to the operator and the inclusion of vouchers to be delivered collected by consignees, in order to develop the operation of the Port of Kribi with good methods. In the words of the General Manager: "This ceremony which consecrates the digitisation of invoicing of the payment of goods fee is only one step in a process". He said he was also satisfied with the collaboration with the GUCE.