Electronics single window service said transforms import-export trade

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Addis Ababa, 4 April 2014 (WIC) - “The electronics single window service allows traders to submit all import-export and transit information required by regulatory agencies via a single electronic gate way,” said Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority Deputy Director General Kaydaki Gezahegn.
In his opening remark at the 'Ethiopia Electronics Single Window for International Trade' workshop held here Wednesday, Kaydaki said apart from facilitating trade, the electronic single window system ensures transparent import-export transaction and regulation.
He also indicated that the system helps to minimize incidences of corruption in the trade logistics chain. “As a result of the implementation of the single window system, it is possible to reduce time and cost. Besides, the proper implementation of the system enables local exporters to be competent in international markets and also imported goods affordable to local consumers,” he added.
Outlining the importance of the system, Ethiopian Electronics Single Window for International Trade Project Project Manager Nigussie Seid said the system reduces the 37 days required for document preparation for import-export regulatory agencies to less than ten days thereby saving time and money. It also helps the government reduce administrative cost and ensure transparency, he added.
However, Nigussie indicated that system telecom infrastructure and possible public reluctance to change were challenges identified and need to be resolved.
Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) Advocacy Specialist Tamiru Woubbie on his part said that the system helps the private sector to be competitive in the international market.
Nonetheless, Tamiru underlined the need for creating business community awareness and introducing electronic payment and signature including other legal frameworks to fully utilize the system.
Lauding the government's commitment to the realization of the project, International Financial Corporation (IFC) Resident Representative Adamou Labara said that the electronic single window system will make the country's economy more efficient. By adjusting the trade system very efficiently, the business community will improve and save huge amount of money, the Representative said. (EH)