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Port users supports the implementation of Electronic trade net system

26 September 2014, 22:58 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Port users amongst other government Agencies in Mombasa on Thursday afternoon threw their weight behind the implementation of the Kenya Trade Net system saying it will enhance regional integration and boost trade.

Inefficiency, slow cargo movement, corruption and high cost of trade transactions will be a thing of the past once the single window system comes into operation. Congestion at the boarders and the Mombasa port will ease since the electronic system will only allow a single entrance with no paper work.

Converging in a Mombasa hotel the ships agents, customs duty officers and regional government agencies vowed to support the implementation of the system that is set to unlock trading challenges within the EA region.

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The Implementation of the Single window system which was officially launched by government in May this year will come to effect by 31 of December 2014 once all government agencies adapt to it.

“Kenya TradeNet System being implemented by KenTrade in partnership and support of Port Community is at the centre of the Port reforms given that the System will integrate all the operations of the Port based agencies,” noted KenTrade CEO Alex Kabuga in Mombasa at a sensitization workshop with port users in Mombasa.

Kabuga assured the stakeholders that the system will not lead to staff retrenchment calling on all government policies to adopt to the new change which in turn will increase revenue collection in the country.

“The private sector has been the big supporter of this project but we in the government we have a problem,” he said accusing some senior politicians for going against its implementation.

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