ICT4 programming contributes to reducing barriers to trade and cost of doing business within the EA region through automation of key trade processes and systems. The programme interventions are multiple pronged:
Combined, these interventions accrue cross cutting benefits which include eliminating periods of process inaction occasioned by manual activities when acquiring trade documents; reducing transactional costs in acquiring trade regulatory documents; and increasing process transparency therefore stakeholder confidence and trust in the management of trade regulatory documents. The programme is premised on the fact that electronic application and processing of relevant clearance and trade permit documents necessary for movement of goods across borders saves time, reduces costs for traders and ultimately leading to healthier investment in trade and reduction in costs of goods and services. The programme has supported 19 government agencies to automate their processes. This has led to a reduction in average clearance time undertaken by these trade agencies from 3.3 days to 2 hours, with transaction costs reducing by an average of US$62 per transaction (From $72 to $10).
The projects include Mirama Hills road and OSBP, Busia OSBP, URA ASYCUDA World, URA Approved Economic Operators (AEO), URA Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS), UNBS and MTIC Improve Testing, Uganda NTB National Monitoring Committee, MEACA coordination and leadership, MEACA and EAC coordination, and SEATINI
A national electronic single window, resolves the time and cost challenges and eliminates non-tariff barriers. In this case, UESW will link 22 government Ministries, Departments and Agencies thereby reducing transaction costs and time associated with processing select imports and exports documentation.
The Rwanda Electronic Single Window (ReSW), which was effectively launched in 2012, represents a major initiative to facilitate trade, enhance international competitiveness, and promote development and regional integration, with the ultimate aim of reducing poverty. TMEA provided $3.3 million for the first phase of this project from 2012 to 2014....
Uganda Revenue Authority improves the efficiency of customs processing resulting in higher revenue collections and a decrease in average time to clear customs consignments. These results will contribute to trade costs in East Africa.
Traders in the East African Community (EAC) currently spend numerous days visiting multiple government agencies in various locations to obtain regulatory information permits, trade licenses and clearance certificates to complete import and export processes. This results in huge costs and time loss for the traders.
The single window will minimize time taken to complete standard import and export processes across the EAC, increase user- compliance with trade procedures, and decrease the time it takes to complete documentation. This will contribute to reducing trade costs in East Africa.
Phase 1 evaluation involved assessing a total of 6 SWIFT projects whose systems had been deployed and they included: two projects in Kenya ( in the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (KNCCI), and the Tea Directorate (TD); two projects in Rwanda (in the Ministry of Agriculture (RALIS -...