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Cameroon: Biya orders suspension of controversial phone tax

Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya has ordered the suspension of the controversial 33% tax on phones and tablets announced by the Ministers of Post and Telecommunications and Finance last month.

The order is contained in a correspondence addressed to the Prime Minister Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute by the Minister of State, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh dated this Monday October 19.

The correspondence states that on high instructions of the Head of State, the Prime Minister should suspend the law digitalizing the collection of taxes on phones and tablets and submit to his high appreciation a more appropriate mechanism fo the collection of these taxes.

Last month, the Ministers of Post and Telecommunications and Finance jointly signed a communique announcing the enforcement of the law that has to do with the digitalization of the collection of customs duties on phones and tablets to avoid fraud.

The communique stated that from Thursday October 15, 2020, every phone or tablet used for the first time on the national territory will be empounded a 33% tax depending on the value of the electronic gadget.

This announcement sparked wide spread criticism as Cameroonians from diverse social classes took to social media to express their discontent.

A hashtag End Phone Tax was launched over the weekend.

This suspension thus comes as relief to many.


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