Douala Seaport authority To Kick-Out French Company as Managers of Cargo Terminal
The Cameroon government has removed French company Bollore-Group from the operation of the Douala Seaport Terminal concession in a new list of proposed operators published by the Managing Director of the Douala Autonomous Port (PAD), Cyrus Ngo’o.
PAD’s new bid for concession holders comes a month after National Times published an article stating that Cameroon’s landlocked neighbours, Chad and Central Africa Republic are abandoning Cameroon’s Douala Seaport for other Seaports in Congo and Sudan
The new list for companies bidding to have concession over the Seaport was published on Tuesday the 8th. The companies listed include the following companies Marseille-based (France) CMA Terminals, Emirati Dubaï Port World, Hutchison Port Investments Ltd registered in the Cayman Islands, Saudi Red Sea Gateway Terminal and Terminal Investment Ltd headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
The news that Vincent Bollore’s company, the company that currently manages the terminal, has been butted-out of the next round of proposed companies to manage the terminal was first published by Doing Business in Cameroon.
The news comes after repeated accusation that Bollore group had been mismanaging the port. National Times reported that Chad and Central African authorities had expressed dismay at the state of rampant corruption at the port, and that Bollore had been offering Cameroonian government officials had been offered bribe by the French merchant in exchange for lucrative contracts across the country.
National Times has contacted PAD to ask them why no Cameroonian company was listed in the new round of concessions, and what guarantee the government has in place that these new companies will put the country’s national interest first. We have not receive a reply yet.