GAINDE receives United Nations Public Service Award
October 12, 2012
ICF would like to congratulate the GAINDE project team for receiving the 2012 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Public Services”. GAINDE’s single electronic window for facilitation of foreign trade and customs formalities won 1st place.
The GAINDE project established a national paperless trade process to enable faster clearing of goods through customs. A similar paperless system was also set up to connect with customs pre-clearance platforms in Europe, Asia and East Africa. This process was greatly helped by the Government of Senegal’s adoption of electronic documents and electronic signatures as legally binding in early 2011.
To further reduce the time and cost for import and export trade procedures, the GAINDE project also improved procedures for inspecting goods and established a logistics system for releasing goods. As a result, the average time for declaring and clearing imports has gone down from 18 days to 14 days, and for exports the reduction is from 14 days to 11 days. Further reductions are expected.
The GAINDE project has been supported by the Government of Senegal and the Investment Climate Facility for Africa.