• Cemac : the challenge of Daniel Ona Ondo

Cemac : the challenge of Daniel Ona Ondo

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of Central African States delivered its verdict on the evening of October 31, 2017. The former Gabonese prime minister is now leading the process of integrating people and goods into the subregion.

 By Didier Ndengue, in Douala


N’djamena vibrated to the rhythm of the integration of peoples on October 31, 2017. Indeed, the Chadian capital hosted the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC). High Mass gathered policymakers from Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Gabon and Congo Brazza. It was chaired by Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and also President of the said conference. With the remarkable presence of Paul Biya. Sign of the importance of this appointment. This is what has been observed with many concrete resolutions that have sanctioned the work of N’djamena. Despite the absence of presidents of Gabon and Congo Brazza, Ali Bongo Ondimba and Denis Sassou Nguesso, represented by their prime ministers. The summit was preceded by an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Economic Union of Central Africa (UEAC) and an extraordinary session of the Ministerial Committee of the Central African Monetary Union (UMAC), respectively October 29 and October 30, 2017.

Abolition of visas

The resolutions of their assizes were brought to the sanction of the heads of state. They welcomed the full opening of their borders to materialize the free movement of people and goods. Thus, Cemac citizens will no longer need visas to move within the community. A measure taken by member states pursuant to Additional Act No. 01/13 / CEMAC-070 U-CCE-SE of 25 June 2013. To support free movement, the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) will “draw from the resources of the Community Development Fund (FODEC), the amount of 1.7 billion CFA for the payment of the balance due to INTERPOL for securing the borders of CEMAC”, said the heads of state. They also instructed the CEMAC Commission to make all the arrangements for the creation of secure posts at the borders in order to reserve the exclusive benefit of free movement for Community nationals.

Cancellation of the back of the Community Integration Tax (TCI)

Community funding was also on the agenda of the meeting. “In view of the level of arrears accumulated by the Member States under the Community Integration Tax (TCI), the Conference decided to cancel the mass of arrears by 90% in order to start on new bases. . She urged the member states to pay the differential of these arrears before the end of the year, “said the final communiqué. And to make it more expensive: “the Conference urged the member states, unconditionally, to fully implement the mechanism of liquidation and recovery of the TCI product”. The new president of the Cemac Commission Daniel Ona Ondo, and his newly appointed staff at the head of Cemac’s specialized institutions, will have to pay close attention to these new measures of integration in Central Africa. They are also called upon to ensure the implementation, among other things, of energy and transport policies in Central Africa by 2035, which Heads of State adopted in N’djamena.


  By Didier Ndengue, in Douala

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