NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has applied for an extension in order to meet
UN deadline for the implementation of the maritime single window
system by April, officials said on Friday.
chief executive officer of the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade),
told Xinhua that Nairobi is unable to comply with the International
Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on Facilitation of Maritime
Traffic known as FAL Convention.
"We have applied for an extension to the IMO until June and we
have informed them we could not make it due to procurement issues
which caused delays," Wang’ora said.
KenTrade signed a partnership agreement with TradeMark East
Africa (TMEA) for the enhancement of Kenya’s Single Window System to
improve on its performance and eventually enable faster and
efficient trade processes.
Under the deal, KenTrade will receive about 150 million shillings
(about 1.5 million U.S. dollars) to enhance usage of the National
Electronic Single Window System (Kenya TradeNet) as well as the
implementation of the Maritime Single Window in Kenya.
Wang’ora said that Kenya has completed the business requirements
for the development of the maritime system and is only remaining
with the implementation of the digital platform.
He observed that Kenya is among the 120 governments that have
ratified the FAL Convention.
The official noted that the FAL Convention aims at promoting
measures to bring uniformity and simplicity in the documentary
requirements and procedures associated with the arrival, stay and
departure of ships engaged in international voyages.
"The convention recommends the use of the ‘single window’ concept
in which all the agencies and authorities involved in ship and
passenger clearance should exchange data via a single point of
contact," he noted.
Wang’ora said Kenya is currently working on the development of
the FAL forms which will be automated in the Maritime Single Window
for submission to the relevant authorities for pre-arrival approval
by the relevant government agencies.
Ahmed Farah, country director for TMEA Kenya, an organization
formed to help regional states speed up integration said the TMEA is
committed to growing prosperity through trade in the Eastern Africa
"We recognize the impact of the single window on the trade value
chain. That is why, we are committing to support the enhancement of
the single window system in order to increase its capacity as an
effective trade facilitation tool," Farah added.
TMEA is also supporting KenTrade in building capacity in data
processing and reporting as part of this initiative through
acquisition of a business intelligence tool and its integration to
the Single Window System.
Farah said that the partnership between TMEA and KenTrade has
been on-going for a number of years and previously TMEA has
supported KenTrade in designing a business model and tariff regime
to ensure the sustainability of the Single Window System services.
TMEA has also partnered with KenTrade in building the capacity of
a number of partner government agencies and integration of their
systems with the Single Window System.