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Trade facilitation processes and procedures in most government agencies have increased from 15 percent to 87 percent as a result of automation in the last 7 years.

According to the Chief Executive Officer KenTrade, Amos Wangora, elimination of inspection of cargo at the ports of entry has helped save time thereby contributing to the 2.5 billion shillings the country saves annually resulting to implementation of the National Electronic Single Window System.

Kenya in 2012, adopted the use of the National Single Window System- a technology widely used in developed countries such as Singapore.

The aim was to reduce and fasten the amount of time used to process documents at the Mombasa port of entry for both imports and exports.

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So far, there are 36 government agencies subscribed to the system governing certification, approvals, and permits among importers and exporters.

According to the Chief Executive Officer KenTrade, the government has been able to save 2.5 billion annually as a result of the implementation of the system besides helping other government agencies raise volumes in revenue generation up to 50 percent.

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Nonetheless, with respect to the directive issued by the government in July, that required government agencies to at the ports of entry to automate, the government has disbanded a total of 26 government agencies such as Food Crop Directorate, Pyrethrum Board, Energy regulatory Commission, Kenya Forest Service, the Department of Fisheries among other bodies.

Only the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Kenya Bureau of Statistics will remain at the ports of entry.

According to the Chairman KenTrade, Suleiman Shahbal, inspection of cargo at the ports of entry is inconveniencing importers and exporters as there will be no need for cargo to be reinspected as that would have been done prior to its arrival.

He says, this will save the amount of time used and money.

Stakeholders welcomes the government’s move to have its agencies automated to National Electronic Single Window System saying it is a game-changer for sector players and have a great economic impact for the country’s economy.





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