The Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) has launched the e-commerce platform in Africa to manage the exchange of trade documents.

The platform has been in the pilot phase for about 18 months in Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon and Senegal, and will now be integrated in 22 countries, members of the African Alliance for Electronic Commerce (AAEC).

The platform will reduce the cost of doing business and also help traders exchange trade information as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) takes shape. “In line with the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement, this platform will allow African countries to exchange documents such as Certificate of Origin and Phytosanitary Certificate, which will expedite and improve the reliability of trade document processing,” said KenTrade CEO Amos Wangora.

Speaking at last week’s launch of three e-commerce platforms – AAEC, Africa E-Trade hub and KenTrade’s enhanced Trade Facilitation Platform (TFP) program, Mr. Wangora said intra-trade Africa will only succeed if member states embrace the technology.

The new TFP will integrate all systems including the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS). “The new platform will serve as a single entry point and platform for anyone involved in trade and transportation to electronically file documents for processing and approval and facilitate electronic payment of fees and levies” , Mr. Wangora said.

KenTrade operates the Online Freight Clearing System (Logistics Coordination Platform) which provides information to all stakeholders on the real-time whereabouts of their freight during transit.

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