The ministry of trade, industry and cooperatives is finally set to roll the single window this week which is intended to cut cost and time of doing business by reducing on paper work.
In the first phase of implementation, the system modules and interfaces have been developed and rolled out to the following agencies; National Drug Authority (NDA), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MoEMD), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB).
The expected benefits
30% reduction in transaction costs for the private sector at URA, NDA, UNBS, UCDA, MAAIF, MEMD and UEPB including demurrage, administrative costs and improved service delivery
30% reduction in the average trade document processing time (days) at the above institutions;
30% reduction in number of documents (physical paper) required for clearance of exports, imports and transit through the elimination of duplicate processes especially by regulators; and
A fully operational NESW system designed and operational at all major public and private sector trade regulatory institutions.
The official launch of the e-SW system operations in Uganda is scheduled to take place, 4th November, 2016 at the Uganda Revenue Authority Headquarters in Nakawa, starting 2:00pm. The Hon. Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and Hon. Minister of Information Communication Technology will be guest speakers and will launch the system.
The event will also provide an opportunity for agencies to showcase on a number of related TMEA supported products including; Electronic Cargo Tracking System, Authorized Economic Operator System (AEO) by URA, SWIFT Portals by NDA, MAAIF and UNBS, Non-Tariff Barrier identification and reporting System and Certification of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by MTIC and UNBS, maize standards by SEATINI; One Stop Border Post by the Ministry of Works and Transport with URA, and the East Africa Community Reporting System by the Ministry of East Africa Community Affairs
Institutional coverage of the system
During the second phase of system implementation, the Ministry will be focusing on development of the system for roll out to the following key agencies among others; Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), Immigration department, selected private sector clearing and forwarding agencies, National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Uganda Nation Roads Authority (UNRA), Diary Development Authority (DDA), National Environment Authority (NEMA), Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UNBoS), Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and industry (NCCI), National Forestry Authority (NFA). Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Uganda shippers Council.
This notice is therefore to call upon all stakeholders to take note of this development aimed at facilitating trade and improving holistically the competitiveness and doing business environment for Ugandan economy and also to invite you to the launch event.