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African french speaking country is interested in the SeW

African french speaking country is interested in the SeW

21 December 2012

Tal Similarly to what has been taking place as from the beginning of the implementation of the system that aims the rapid clearance of goods, the Single Electronic Window (SeW), African countries with the same objective of facilitating international trade have visited Mozambique to gather experiences on the success recorded in the implementation of the clearance system recommended by the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Gabon, a French speaking country located in Central Africa, also sent a delegation composed of members from the Agency for Investment Promotion and Export of that country for a two-day working visit to Mozambique.

Upon receiving the delegation of Gabon, the president of the Mozambique Revenue Authority, Rosario Fernandes, accompanied by his general directors and deputies, expressed satisfaction for the fact that rapidly developing African countries like Gabon, have come to Mozambique to acquire experiences, reiterating the readiness of his institution to cooperate so as to provide clarification of any questions related to the process to implement the SeW system through their teams.

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Because it is the office, where the pilot phase of this system of customs clearance kicked off, the International Maritime Terminal in Maputo (TIMAR) was one of the places visited by the Gabonese delegation, whose country recorded a trading volume by sea corresponding to 90 percent of the total turnover, which is why the delegation believes that the implementation of a system such as the Single Electronic Window will contribute to the improvement of clearance of goods and hence the external trade.

At Standard Bank, a commercial bank participating in the SeW; visitors had the opportunity to evaluate and understand in ground the SeW-related services, in the head office of that financial services provider in Maputo.

During the visit, the delegation was interested to know the real motivations for Standard Bank, as a private institution, to embark on the SeW project, and the Bank’s representative, Abdul Razac, said: "The introduction of this system will allow Standard Bank to attract new customers who did not work with the Bank before and that they will see that we are also involved in the process of technology to monitor what is happening in the market and at the same time follow the authorities of the country in the development of processes to implement ever faster and more reliable payments to make the process faster and easier for customers".

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In the Operations and Training Centre of the SeW, the delegation got detailed explanations on the architecture and operation of the system and it observed as well how the training of staff to use the system is managed, the key factor for the most efficient use of the SeW system.

The Gabonese delegation was impressed by the fact that training is free of charge to the entire community involved in foreign trade and still benefits from guiding materials, including the manual and /or interactive DVD depending on the modules involved.