Uganda Moves To Open Electronic Single Window for Trade


sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), a High Level Task Force (HLTF) has been constituted composed of Ministers, Leaders of key institutions and private sector players involved in the facilitation of trade, to agree on national governance and institutional arrangements for adoption and implementation of the electronic single window system (E-SW) in Uganda and consider the proposed roadmap for its implementation.

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The private sector said it fully supports the implementation of the E-SW and recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Uganda through MTIC.

Announcing the composition of the team at a HLTF committee meeting held Monday at the Serena Hotel State Minister of Trade, James Mutende said a broad range of stakeholders from government and private sector would be consulted to get the necessary data and information needed to operationalise the system which will make it possible for traders and transporters to submit the data needed to declare goods admissible to the authorities at border control using a single portal.

These include the Ministries of East African Affairs (MEACA), Finance, Works and Transport, Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Ministry of Energy (MoE), National Information Technology Authority (NITA), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), DHL, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and airlines among others.

“Oonce fully implemented, the E-SW system will link government, clearing agencies and local traders easing/speeding up international trade,” said Mutende, adding, “It will decrease the time the process usually takes by 50 per cent and will complement other national and regional trade facilitation initiatives such as Integrated Border Management (IBM) and One-Stop- Border Posts (OSBP) which will soon be coming online”.

“Adoption of the E-SW SYSTEM is an integral part of the national and regional strategy of using trade as a tool for the promotion of prosperity. The HLTF committee will play a pivotal oversight role in the implementation of the programme and as TradeMark we will support them along the way to ensure they achieve their objectives,” said Allen Asiimwe the Country Director of TradeMark East Africa.

Commenting on the potential impact that the implementation of the system will have on the private sector, The Public Relations Manager of the Private sector Foundation for Uganda Sarah Nakibuuka said this is a welcome initiative which will undoubtedly reduce the cost of doing business through the time saved at border crossings and other customs points.

“Our members are very much encouraged by this and other efforts Government and its respective agencies have introduced aimed at facilitating the growth of trade.”


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