Electronic Single Window project launched to facilitate ease of doing business

8 Jan 2020

As part of the Home-Grown Economic Agenda, Ethiopia launched the electronic single window (eSW) project, a one-stop service system, in a ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s office.

The Prime Minister said the new system would facilitate ease of doing business in Ethiopia.

“We can’t achieve prosperity if we are incapable of coming up with new ideas and creating a favourable environment for the private sector,” the Prime Minister said.

Adanech Abebe, Minister of Revenues, said many countries use the system to increase their trade competitiveness.

“The system would help to facilitate trade as well as provide efficient and fast services to clients,” she said.

The project connects 16 regulatory agencies and enables traders to process all documentation relating to import and export through a single electronic submission.

By creating a paperless environment, eliminating uncoordinated, multiple physical inspections, and repetitive documentary submission, it will reduce clearance time from 44 days, to 13 days and eventually to 3 days.

The eSW will also improve transparency and reduce corruption by minimizing the opportunities for physical interaction.

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