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Monday, 3 March 2014

Namibia Establishes single window initiative

WINDHOEK: The government of Namibia has approved the establishment of a National Single Window Initiative and designated the Ministry of Trade and Industry to spearhead the scheme. State radio, NBC News, says the National Single Window Initiative is a new and innovative approach to border processing and clearance to improve the competitiveness of cross-border trade. It says Single Window is defined as a facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised information and documents with a single entry point to fulfil all export, and transit-related regulatory requirements. A statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology says the Cabinet approved the setting up a national steering committee at the Permanent Secretary level.

The Cabinet also approved appointment of a consultant by the Trade and Industry Ministry to do the cost and benefit analysis; and advice on the model to be considered appropriate for Namibia's training environment. The Single Window Initiative will be linked to the one-stop border posts concept to achieve competitiveness in Namibia; as well as to streamline and accelerate trade in the rest of Southern African Development Community.

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