Last October 15, Cyrus Ngo'o, Managing director of the Port Authority of Douala (PAD), and Charles Booto'o à Ngon, Director General of the Standards and Quality Agency (Anor), signed a framework agreement to upgrade the PAD to various international management standards. The said management standards concerned in the 5-year (renewable) agreement are namely ISO 31000, 37001, 14001, 9001, 19011, 27001, 22301, 17020, and 45001.
"Compliance with international standards has become a requirement for the Port Authority of Douala. The strategic plan for the modernization of port infrastructure also involves bringing our production, management, and operating tools up to standards and quality. This is an unavoidable requirement for the competitiveness of the port of Douala,” says Cyrus Ngo'o.
In the framework of that agreement, the capacities of the PAD human resources will be upgraded and support will be provided for the standards compliance evaluation and certification. In that regard, the Anor will elaborate a schedule and training plan and provide required experts to train and raise port officials’ awareness about the required standards.
As for the PAD, in addition to allowing its staff to get trained, it will facilitate the implementation of the required steps for its partner companies.
“Anor has a national strategic plan that catalyzes qualitative leaps to improve the competitiveness of companies in Cameroon. We support public and private companies in their quality approach. Over 90% of the goods imported to Cameroon transit through the port of Douala. With the enforcement of the African Free Trade Area, it is now crucial to bring the Port of Douala up to the quality standards worthy of renowned international ports,” Charles Booto'o à Ngon stresses.