by David Musyoka
NAIROBI, March 9 (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.
The Kenya 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.
KenTrade's 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.
"Successful 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.
Kenya 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.
The 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.
It reduces 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 institutions.
Kenya, 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.
The continental body current membership is drawn from West, North, Central, East and Southern Africa.