Authority plans implment single-window system

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Addis Ababa, 06 February 2014 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority announced that it has completed all the preparations to implement single- window system that believed will accelerate export and import trade activities.

According to the old trade system in the country, traders had to contend with visits and dealings with multiple government agencies to obtain the necessary papers, permits and clearances. Thus, it had been a hindrance for the whole trade system be swift, besides oppressing customers for unnecessary costs and weariness.

The gap that had been observed in the old work procedure was due to the need of collecting the papers, permits and clearances from various agencies, according to the authority.

Information and Technology Software Development Team Coordinator with the authority Niguse Said stating changing the system to single-window is one solution; said that from 7.3m USD required to implement the project - single- window system - 2.4m USD is covered by the government of Ethiopia while the rest is obtained from oversea organizations.

Niguse said the project which is expected to be finalized and put into practice in the coming twenty months, will have great contribution in reigning good governance and making the country part of the international trade by easing the tiresome procedures and trimming down costs.

According to FBC, up on completion, the system will enable all subjects of the import and export trade system be entertained through a single window.