1. Campaigners urge Cameroonians to boycott phone tax

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Phone in hand
    Image caption: The government insist it is not introducing a new tax

    Consumer rights campaigners in Cameroon have called on citizens to boycott a tax on mobile phones and tablets which the government is due to introduce on Thursday.

    The tax requires customers to pay 33% of the cost of each phone they buy if the importer did not pay the corresponding customs dues.

    It is a controversial decision that has sparked condemnation by consumer associations who are calling on the government to force importers to pay the tax instead of consumers.

    The president of the National League of Cameroonian Consumers, Delor Magellan Kamgain, has called on consumers to boycott the tax.

    “The Cameroon government did not respect the procedures for implementing this decision. The government also did not carry out campaigns to inform consumers,” he said.

    But the minister of telecommunications Minette Libom Li Keng insists it is not a new tax, but just a change in the manner in which it is paid.

  2. GST charge for online purchases over £135 comes into effect

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    Islanders must now pay goods and services tax (GST) on any online purchases imported into the island worth £135 or more.

    Previously, the 5% charge was only applied to goods bought for personal use costing £240 or above.

    The change to the "de minimis" value was outlined in the government plan for 2020-2023, and agreed by the States Assembly in December 2019.

    It was originally due to come into effect from 1 July, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    A lower threshold for chargeable goods aims to encourage people to buy locally and allow businesses to compete more fairly with off-island retailers, the government said.