Combatting COVID 19, PAK Organises its Resilience System

A continuity plan developed as per International Health Regulations (IHR) and Government instructions. In advance, a Contingency Plan has equally been prepared by the Operations Department (DEX).

In an announcement to customers, the Port Authority of Kribi (PAK) says that the company has activated a Continuity Plan to ensure that commercial operations continue despite the major crisis. The document states that “the health and well-being of our employees is our priority. In this vein, we undertook measures to ensure that everybody is safe, and operations continue while restricting physical contact. We encourage you to do the same in order to keep our work environment safe and healthy”.

Hence, “for all applications pertaining to commercial operations and access to the Port, the email address” is highly recommended. Furthermore, “as concerns formalities to invoice and pay goods fees, the E-Guce platform” is the appropriate tool in addition to usual phone contacts. In the same vein and in advance, the Operations Department has already developed a Contingency Plan. Thus, one needs to know that as global trade interfaces, all ports are subject to the provisions of appropriate international conventions which have already been ratified by Cameroon. Therefore, with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, complying with International Health Regulations (IHR) provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is a must in PAK. Government measures to control the disease recently announced in Cameroon are even consistent with international provisions. From these, PAK draws scientific approval and usual recommendations for an efficient organization of the company’s activities in this period.

  • The Specificities of IHR

An IMO-WHO joint declaration, permanently updated and drafted due to the COVID 19 pandemic, states that both international organizations and other partners are working hand in glove to help States ensure that health measures are applied in a way that will cause less disturbance in traffic and international trade. In this regard, the WHO and IMO call on States to comply with prescriptions pertaining to “free pratique” for vessels (Article 28 of IHR (2005)) and principles relating to appropriate healthcare and to avoid that vessels, crews and cargo undergo unnecessary delay, while acknowledging the need to prevent the apparition or propagation of the illness.

Article 28 clearly states that States  Parties  may  subject  the  granting  of  free  pratique  to  inspection  and,  if  a  source  of  infection  or  contamination  is  found  on  board,  the  carrying  out  of  necessary  disinfection,  decontamination,  disinfection  or  deratting,  or  other  measures  necessary  to  prevent  the  spread of the infection or contamination.

PAK staff disinfecting their hands at the office entrance.


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