project brief

Single Window Information for Trade (SWIFT)

Implementor

A number of single window projects will be implemented. Implementing organisations include:

  • Kenya Shippers Council, Federation of East Africa Freight Forwarders Association (FEAFFA), Kenyan Transport Association (KTA), Tea Board of Kenya.
  • Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Tanzania Food and Drug Authority.
  • Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries.
  • Rwanda Bureau of Standards, Pharmacy and Poison Board, Ministry of Health Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture Rwanda.

Target Group

Importers and exporters in East Africa

Project Value

US$ 4,614,777

Implementation Period

2011 - 2014

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Why this project?

Traders in the EAC can spend many days visiting multiple government agencies to obtain regulatory information permits, trade licenses and clearance certificates to enable them complete import and export processes. These delays increase the cost of doing business in East Africa.

What:

Public sector agencies in our target countries are developing an electronic single window which enables cross-border traders to access, apply for and submit regulatory documents at a single location.

How:

TradeMark East Africa is providing financial and technical assistance to conduct the mapping exercise and build the IT infrastructure that will host the portals.

Contact:

Alban Odhiambo: alban.odhiambo@trademarkea.com

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Desired Results

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.

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info access for

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crops & over five breeds of livestock

Projects Highlights From A Glance

info access for

20

crops & over five breeds of livestock

This includes:

Mapping existing trade regulations and procedures.

Designing and building portals to share information on import and export procedures.

Designing and building e-portals to enable traders to apply for and receive licenses online.

Building online ‘noticeboards’ to allow agencies to share information online.

Training importers and agency staff on use of these portals.

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