ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has officially launched an electronic single window (ESW) project in a bid to improve its international trade and ease of doing business in the country.
The project, which creates a one-stop service system, was launched on Saturday in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, ministers and heads of different institutions.
The project connects 16 regulatory agencies and enables traders to process all documentation relating to import and export through a single electronic submission, according to the PM office.
“By creating a paperless environment, eliminating multiple physical inspections and repetitive document submissions, it will reduce clearance time from 44 days to 13 days and eventually to 3 days,” it said.
The ESW is also expected to reduce corruption by minimizing opportunities for physical interaction.
“We can’t achieve prosperity if we are incapable to come up with new ideas and create favourable environment for the private sector,” the Prime Minister said at the launchinve event held at the Prime Minister’s office.
The government hopes the start of the project would improve Ethiopia’s rank of ease doing business which remaind unchanged over the past two years significantly.
Ethiopia is ranked 159 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, according to the latest World Bank annual ratings.