Revenue Authorities in Uganda and DRC leverage on Digital Infrastructure to enhance trade – Kampala, July 9, 2019

Kampala, 9 July 2019:  Today, the DRC Directorate of Customs and Excise (DGDA) and the Ugandan Revenues Authority (URA) signed the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) standards operating procedures, marking the launch of the RECTs control centre extension to DRC cargo. This project is facilitated by TradeMark Africa (TMA) through a $642,000 fund from the Department of International Development (DFID). RECTs is now operational in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and now DRC.

The project will be implemented in three phases with the first phase being the launch of the Uganda Office, the second phase will be opening of the Goma office in eastern DRC while the final phase will be the launch of the Kinsasha command center.

The introduction of an electronic cargo tracking system to the Northern Corridor will decrease transit costs by reducing lengthy transit times caused by physical checks in transit countries and across the DRC territory. The system will also reduce the risk of freight diversion between the place of origin and checkpoints. As a result, it will effectively combat fraud and increase the country’s tax revenues. The RECTS will also benefit the eastern Africa region as a whole in which goods to or from DRC will transit including; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya.

TMA’s support to the initiative includes technical assistance for the assessment and understanding of needs and requirements for the system to be in place, as well as material assistance, spanning from the provision of the IT equipment and systems for a pilot DRC RECTS command center, launched today.

TMA Country Director for the DRC Country Programme, Mr. Aimé Nzoyihera emphasized the importance of digital infrastructure and added that, “TMA remains committed to facilitating reduced barriers to trade in the region, particularly through enhancement of digital infrastructure which will promote increased trade in the Eastern Africa region.”

Notes for Editors

For more information on the project please contact

 For TMA DRC and TMA ITC for Trade

Aimé Nzoyihera

Country Director, DRC

Email : Aime.


Adellard Kazingufu

DRC Customs Representative

& Embassy Commercial Attaché in Uganda


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Increased trade contributes to stronger economic growth, a reduction in poverty and subsequently greater prosperity. TMA has its headquarters in Nairobi with programs in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda.

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