By David Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Delegates from more than 18 African countries are due to meet in
Nairobi from Monday to review Africa’s progress on implementation of Single
Window System, an online cargo clearing system, organizers said on Thursday.
Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) which is implementing an online cargo clearance
system in the country, said the 14th Executive Committee and 8th
General Assembly meeting of the African Alliance for E-Commerce (AAEC) will be
held in Nairobi from March 13-15.
CEO Amos Wangora said the decision by the continental organization to hold the
AAEC meetings in Nairobi for the first time was a big honour not only to Kenya
but to the East African Community region as a whole, noting that other EAC
member states had also been invited to attend.
implementation of the Single Window System in Kenya has positioned Kenya as a
strong logistics platform in the East Africa region in addition to providing
opportunity for sharing best practices on implementation of Single Window System
among peers,” Wangora said.
TradeNet or single window system is a web based portal and is accessible 24/7
nationwide to stakeholders in trade logistics industry and will facilitate the
flow of goods in and out of Kenya’s borders.
initiative is also expected to facilitate international and domestic trade at
the port of Mombasa, and has been touted as the solution to the persistent
delays at the port.
the time it takes to process goods through customs at the port by half, from
seven days to three days.
The AAEC is a
grouping of countries implementing the Electronic Single Window System in
Africa. Currently, the AAEC has 18 member countries and seeks to promote the
Single Window (SW) concept, in compliance with recommendations of international
through KenTrade is a member and Vice-President of the AAEC. The main objective
of the AACE is to strengthen and promote the Single Window as a trade
facilitation tool in Africa.
“This aims to
intensify cooperation and bring common projects beneficial to each individual
country, but further to all economic regions,” Wangora said.
AAEC which is
headquartered in Dakar, Senegal brings together African economies keen on
promoting the concept of national and regional single windows in compliance with
recommendations of international institutions.
continental body current membership is drawn from West, North, Central, East and