Cameroon : Biya Orders the Suspension of Law on Phone Tax

Cameroon : Biya Orders the Suspension of Law on Phone Tax

The law on phone tax  in Cameroon had been suspended by the Head of States , President Paul Biya on October 19, 2020.

The announcement was made on Monday by the Minister of State, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, in a correspondence addressed to the Prime Minister, Haed of Government Chief Joseph Dion Ngute.

The law on phone tax  stipulated that, every phone or tablet used for the first time in the national territory will be empounded  33% of the total factory price of the mobile phone in question.

This law was therefore approved and signed by the Ministers of Telecommunications and Finance in a bid to digitalize the collection of custom duties on phones and tablets to avoid fraud.

The announcement of the phone taxation sparked a lot of criticisms from Cameroonians to an extent that a #EndPhoneTax was launched over the over the week on social media plateforms like twitter and facebook.

Besides the phone tax was to be effective in October 15 according to the Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Minette Libom Li Likeng.  But  was suspended on Monday by the Head of States after several protests held on social media by  Cameroonian celebrities, civil societies and politicians.

 

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