Kenya has made major strides in trade facilitation since the implementation of the Single Window System commenced in 2012.
This was revealed during the just-concluded General Assembly of the African Alliance for E-commerce (AAEC) recently held in Dakar, Senegal, in which KenTrade Chief Executive Officer, Amos Wangora was re-elected to the Presidency of AAEC General Assembly for another 2-year term.
Kenya was also re-elected as the Chair of the AAEC’s Technical Committee for another 2 years.
On the sidelines of the General Assembly which also marked the body’s 10th anniversary, AAEC held an international Single Window conference which brought together delegates from over thirty countries and experts from international trade bodies.
The conference presented an opportunity for countries implementing the single window system to exchange views and share experience on implementation of their respective single window systems in the wake of the trade facilitation enhancement initiatives by various Africa countries.
While presenting the status of the Kenyan Single Window System, Amos Wangora noted that implementation of the Single Window System (Kenya TradeNet) has resulted in streamlined import and export processes and procedures, transparency, effective information sharing and provision of a reliable and dependable platform on which stakeholders involved in international trade collaborate.
AAEC is part of the African-led efforts to promote the concept of a national and regional single window in compliance with recommendations of international institutions, as well as championing the use of Electronic Single Window System as a tool for cross border trade.
AAEC members include Kenya, Benin, Bukina Faso, Cameroun, Congo, Cote – Ivore, Gabon, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.