ICF celebrates the completion of GAINDE Paperless Phase II Project in Senegal
April 17, 2012
The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) is proud to announce that the GAINDE Paperless Trade Phase II project has been completed.
ICF has been working in partnership with the department of Senegalese Customs to redefine its paperless electronic administration system which has seen important transformations.
GAINDE Paperless Phase II Project
The objective of this project was to establish a paperless trade process and reduce time and cost of import and export trade procedures including pre-clearance of international trade documents. The project aimed to reduce the time associated with the customs clearance process by a further 50% from an average of 18 to only nine days.
As a result of the project, Senegal’s customs administration has been significantly enhanced in a relatively short time frame. The Government of Senegal adopted electronic documents and electronic signature as legally binding documents in QI 2011. Paperless trade should soon be achieved as dematerialisation of customs’ transactions is finalised. The new systems will provide qualitative and quantitative improvements to customs clearance and service providers should see improvement in customer satisfaction.
“The GAINDE 2000 project helped us save a considerable amount of time. Before the project, there was a lot of travelling and paperwork, but now we are able to do business much quicker and save costs.” - Binta Sow, Executive Assistant, Batimat Group, Senegal.
Additionally, according to the 2011 Doing Business Report, Senegal improved in its ranking of inter-African trading from 71 to 65. The time to trade has also been reduced due to the reduction of delays at ports and Customs through the redefined paperless electronic customs administration system.