The Consultation Meeting, taking place in Addis Ababa on 22-23, 2017 at the United Nations Conference Center, will discuss issues and challenges around the implementation and operation of the Single Window in Africa and ways the chambers of commerce and other business support associations can influence the trade facilitation implementation process.
‘As you know for businesses involved in cross border trading, the clearance of imports and exports by customs and other agencies are among the most problematic links in global supply chains’ said Mr. Kebour Ghenna Executive Director of PACCI.
The meeting aims to share with key stakeholders the experiences of African countries in implementing a Single Window to enhance the efficient exchange of information between trade and government, and discuss further what governments, with the support of international organizations, should do to implement the Single Window facility as a national policy.
‘The main objective of the meeting will be to discuss elements of the Trade Single Window, and the experiences in Kenya and Nigeria, as well as the progress made and the challenges encountered by Chambers of Commerce in the issuance of electronic certificate of origin’ said Leul Wondemeneh Program Manager at PACCI.
‘PACCI aims to hear from businesses and stakeholders who are involved in cross-border trading, what governments and international organizations should do to alleviate the problems’ explains Leul.
PACCI, according to the organizers, has always been supportive of the trade facilitation agreement and has taken the initiative to call for member views on what follows next in terms of reforms and sensitization or public awareness. PACCI has a unique opportunity to influence the trade policy process of the government; to channel industry views on trade facilitation issues; identify concerns and new opportunities brought on by this new agreement; and advocate for tackling key problem areas. PACCI is keen to submit an evidence-based, meaningful, and progressive recommendation to governments.