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SPEECH BY GEN. J.R.

KIBWANA (RET), EGH,CBS, CHAIRMAN, KENTRADE AT THE MOMBASA STAKEHOLDERS SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP ON THE KENYA NATIONAL ELECTRONIC SINGLE WINDOW SYSTEM PROJECT AT BANDARI COLLEGE, MOMBASA COUNTY ON TUESDAY JULY 23, 2013 AT 1000HRS 1. I am pleased to welcome you to this Sensitization workshop on the implementation of the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System (KNESWS) here at Bandari College. I am particularly grateful to: Kenya International Freight & Warehousing Association (KIFWA) Chairman, Boaz Makomere, Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA) CEO and Director Kentrade, Gilbert Langat, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) Mombasa Branch Chairman, James Mureu, Kenya Ships Agents Association, CEO Juma Tellah and to all of you for the support that you have given KenTrade this far and for making this particular workshop possible today. Allow me to digress a bit by stating the significance of this meeting to me and why it is an honour to have your participation. I trace my roots to
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this region, Coast, where I was born and brought up and have since been proudly attached to even as I continue to serve our beloved country in various capacities both locally and abroad. So

karibuni nyumbani!
2. Todays meeting is a continuation of a nationwide campaign that started in May this year and that has seen us engage hundreds of our key stakeholders from the counties of Nakuru, Kisumu, Busia and Migori, mainly to appraise them on the Single Window System Project and how it will enhance trade facilitation and translate into positive economic gain to the Port community and land border post users. On Thursday this week, we will be in Nairobi County for a similar engagement. These Workshops are not only sensitizing forums but are also learning opportunities for us especially on the valuable feedbacks that we receive from stakeholders like you. 3. The Mombasa Workshop is particularly of greater significance to KenTrade given the Citys proximity to the busiest port in East Africa and gateway to Kenya and neighbouring economies such as Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, DRC Congo, Burundi and Uganda. Additionally, you may also be aware of the inefficiencies in the cargo clearance processes at the Port of Mombasa and bottlenecks in movement of cargo along the Northern Corridor logisitics chain. This hassled to road congestion resulting to
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heavy traffic flows in and out of Mombasa and sometimes going all the way to Nairobi. These delays have been costly to the transporters and eventually to the consumer who has to bear the final cost. Your support as the Port community is therefore crucial to the success of the Single Window System. Ladies and Gentlemen 4. For a long time, trade facilitation in our country has been expedited in a basic and unco-ordinated way that has also led Kenya to be branded as one of the top tent corrupt countries in the world. For Example, Kenya dropped from position 117 in 2011 to position 121 in 2012 in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. Some of the factors responsible for this poor ranking are inefficiencies in cargo clearance related to our international trade witnessed at our seaports, airports and land border posts. I strongly believe that with the world today being a global village, some fundamental changes have to be made to ensure that, as a Nation, we become globally competitive. 5. The improvement of Kenyas doing business index positioning particularly in the category of trading across borders is important because our potential investors worldwide want to invest in countries which have efficient trade logistics processes which are least expensive. This aspect helps to improve competitiveness of Kenyan products in international markets. At the same time it makes imports (eg. raw materials or unfinished goods) into the
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country less expensive and bearable to the Kenyan. This is important fact to remember because the trading community or business community will always transfer the cost of the inefficiencies in the trade logisitics industry to the Wananchi. We therefore have to eliminate these inefficiencies in order to spare Kenyans from carrying this unnecessary burden. 6. In this regard we welcome the directive by the His Excellency the President for stakeholders involved to improve the efficiency of the Northern Corridor. As one of the stakeholders KENTRADE will fully work towards achieving and implementing this directive. We also affirm our commitment to continue playing a key role in trade facilitation issues in the country. 7. One of the solutions adopted by Government to address these inefficiencies was the establishment of the Kenya Trade Network Agency, commonly known as KENTRADE, as a state corporation under the National Treasury to implement operationalise and manage the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System (KNESWS) project. This is one of the ambitious flagship projects of Vision 2030 under the economic pillar as will be shortly illustrated in the presentations. The Single Window System implementation is expected to result in the reduction of dwell time of cargo at the Kenyan ports by simplifying and harmonizing the port clearance and documentation process and improve our countrys ranking in the global Ease of Doing Business Index.
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8. When we take a look at the present global scenario in trade facilitation, we note that countries that have embraced the Single Window System such as Singapore have made great economic strides and are very competitive. Singapore which incidentally is designing Kenyas Single Window System through a Government to Government (G2G) partnership, has for the seventh time in a row been ranked No 1. in World Banks Ease of Doing Business Index. Closer to home in Africa, Good examples that are reaping from the benefits of implementing the single window system include, among others, Mauritius, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tunisia 9. We have the most exciting yet challenging task of transforming Kenya into a Single Window compliant economy and it is expected that the implementation of the single window system in Kenya will : Improve quality of services for transit cargo offered by Kenya to the hinterland countries using the port of Mombasa and the internal airports in Kenya, Reduce the cost of doing business in Kenya and thereby improve Kenyas competitiveness in international markets. Bring transparency in the trade logisitics and cargo clearance processes in the country through enabling the
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sharing of cargo clearance documentation electronically through the Single Window electronic amongst the relevant stakeholders.nt , Create conducive business environment for investors. Help to eliminate corruption in the trade logisitics industry in Kenya by reducing subjectivity in the cargo clearance processes. This meeting is therefore meant to create a forum to appraise and discuss with you the milestones that we as Kentrade have achieved so far. 10. The success of this Project cannot be realized without the involvement of our counterparts such as the Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, and the Kenya Bureau of Standards among others who have been working tirelessly to ensure the full implementation of the project. Allow me to sincerely thank them for their commitment and dedication in ensuring that the project is on course. 11. Finally, it is my belief that following the discussions that we will have today, you will be well prepared for the official roll out of the single window system at the end of in October this year and that it will be greatly embraced by all of you. I urge you to support Kentrade and by extension, the Government, in its efforts to make this country globally competitive.
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I thank you all