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Tax payments at Cameroon port go electronic

By , IT in government editor
Cameroon , 05 Aug 2013

Tax payments at Cameroon port go electronic

Tax and customs fee payments at Cameroon’s Port of Douala in Cameroon are going electronic, thanks to a firm called Emerging Markets Payments (EMP).

EMP is an electronics payments card processing company that plans to pilot a cashless service at the port from next month. EMP, meanwhile, plans a full launch later of its service later this year.

The cashless system is expected enable users to make faster transactions by helping them pay customs fees and taxes using electronic payment cards.

All fees are also to be payable via point-of-sale terminals (POS) or a dedicated web site managed by EMP.

Paul Edwards, EMP's chairman, has said in a statement that his company is focused on e-government initiatives across Africa and the Middle East.

"The ePayment project for the Port of Douala in Cameroon is a good example of how a combination of world class technology and expertise can support governments' drive to move to a more efficient, cashless society.

“We look forward to the possibility of expanding this unique service to other ports across the continent,” he explained.

EMP is majority owned by leading emerging market private equity company, Actis.

It has over 130 banks and 30,000 merchants as customers across 45 countries.

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