The Autonomous Port of Douala (PAD) and the port in Kribi (PAK) signed on 5 May 2017, a framework-agreement on cooperation. This agreement allows for the handing-over of PAK’s assets managed until now by PAD. The ceremony for the signature which took place in the port of Kribi in Mboro was presided over by the Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o.
“The dynamic to turn Cameroon into a port hub will be implemented by PAK and PAD. Douala and Kribi must, together, become a sure and secure logistic platform at the service of the national economy, as well as the economies in the sub-region and even beyond”, indicated Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o. This complementarity is particularly necessary as the creation of a deep water port in Kribi is meant to address the shortcomings of the Douala estuary port whose nautical capacities do not enable larger vessels to berth, based on the explanations of the Minister of Transport.
The handing-over ceremony at the Autonomous Port of Kribi of the assets managed, on a temporary basis by the port of Douala is a strong indication of the government's option to start operating this port as soon as possible. It is also the achievement of the national port reform which indeed prescribes complementarity and specialisation between the ports rather than open competition.
Source: Business in Cameroon www.businessincameroon.com