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Paul Biya reforms Cameroon’s Telecom watchdog

This is stipulated in article 2 of the presidential decree of December 3, reorganizing and functioning of the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. The President of the Republic, Paul Biya, signed a decree on December 3, 2020. This reorganizes and operates the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART).

According to the bilingual national daily Cameroon Tribune on newsstands this December 8, 2020, this presidential decree strengthens the powers of the regulator “in a context marked by a multiplicity of operators of various services, not always easy to manage (mobile telephony, service providers). ‘Internet access, sound broadcasting, etc.).”

Indeed, “Article 2 of the decree makes ART a special public establishment with legal personality and financial autonomy,” reports the bilingual newspaper.

What makes the general manager, Philémon Zo’o Zame, say that: “It is from this special character that everything else comes,” one reads. He goes on to say that: “the agency is now managed according to the rules of private accounting in accordance with the provisions of the OHADA Uniform Act relating to the law of commercial companies and of the economic interest group”, we read.

Thus, article 3 of the decree of December 3 specifies that: “although remaining under the financial supervision of the Ministry of Finance, the ART will no longer work with a financial controller or an accountant, but with an auditor”, the reporter notes.

Finally, article 6 of the presidential decree specifies that: “for the accomplishment of its missions, the agency has the powers of regulation, control, investigation, coercion and sanction”.

What makes say to our colleague, that the gendarme of telecommunications in Cameroon can “pronounce the withdrawal of the license of exploitation against any holder of an authorization who does not comply with the formal notice which has him been addressed. The agency can also impose penalties on operators and operators who violate them. Which sanctions are now enforceable ”