PUBLISHED ON January 9th, 2015

Chamber of commerce gets sh7.5m to automate operations

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) has received Sh7.5 million from TradeMark Africa (TMA) to automate issuance of certificates of origin.

A certificate of origin is an important export instrument that allows exporters duty preferences while accessing the requisite exports destination markets. Speaking at the launch, KNCCI CEO Charles Mbogori said: “The signing of the financing agreement is a milestone in the trade facilitation process in Kenya. The automation process will include membership automation as well as the certificate of origin and KNCCI will be able to register members online from the County Chambers as well as at the National level.”

“The application, verification, approvals and payments would all be undertaken online and this would assist KNCCI in service delivery to members and also enhance the recruitment process.” TradeMark Africa Kenya Country Director Chris Kiptoo said the e-portal will improve delivery of services to traders expediting the processing of certificates which will reduce costs that traders and exporters incur as a result of delays.

He said the portal is in response to the challenge exporters face in accessing manual certificates of origin, including delays. It will enhance security of the exports documents. The automation is in line with trade facilitation objectives of Kenyan government.

With the online portal, KNCCI stakeholders will apply for certificates of origin online. Additionally, they will access relevant trade information, apply for and renew membership and submit payments online. The portal will also include business development process, which will entail online registration, automated verification and processing of registration, online payment for registration and automated issuance of registration (membership certificate).

In addition to establishing the portal, KNCCI will also focus on training and sensitisation of stakeholders on its use and a communication plan to sensitise stakeholders and the general public in order to ensure that the portal is not only efficient but also useful.

Kiptoo said TradeMark Africa will provide technical and financial support to KNCCI. In enhancing trade environment, increasing market access and enhancing trade environment and increased competitiveness, TMA is spearheading adoption of ICT within key government and non-government institutions to transform their processes and increase efficiencies.

The KNCCI web portal is part of the Kenyan government digitisation process, and will also be integrated with other government agencies including Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Kenya Revenue Authority via an interface with the Kenya National Single Window currently in development by the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KENTRADE).

Source: Standard Digital

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