IS, MCNet Mozambique trade system enters phase 2

COMPUTING

-
Image: By BiztechAfrica
IS, MCNet Mozambique trade system enters phase 2

Six months into one of the largest ever project roll-outs in the country aimed at facilitating international trade, project owner MCNet  has expressed its satisfaction with its progress.

The project is being implemented by Internet Solutions (IS) Mozambique. SGS MCNet Managing Director Nigel Gregory says: “Following the successful implementation of the first phase of our project, we are now ready for the roll-out of Phase 2.”

MCNet is the operator of “Single Electronic Window” (SeW), SADC’s first comprehensive customs clearance system aimed at facilitating international trade. The SeW integrates with any system used in the foreign trade process, to reduce clearance times and costs.

“A reliable network link is crucial to ensure our massive operation runs smoothly,” Gregory explained. “Reliability, redundancy and a stable connection are core dynamics for our implementation and service delivery, and its mere nature requires uninterrupted continuity.”

An electronic solution customised to take account of the conditions pertaining in the Mozambique business environment, the SeW ensures that data required for imports and exports is submitted only once and is then electronically distributed to the relevant government agencies negating the need for stakeholders to make numerous submissions and/or request. 

 “In tailor-making the system for Mozambique, we wanted to establish a robust infras­tructure with redundant power supply and communication to ensure continuous and efficient customs services. IS was awarded the tender because its offering was the only one that met all the requisites and we are pleased to report that IS has accomplished all it has promised,” Gregory added. IS and MCNet both have a data centre where the 52 customs sites and sub-sites are continuously monitored to ensure downtime is minimal. MCNet has also trained more than 4,000 users nationwide to ensure individuals understand their respective usage of SeW.

“We are proud to be associated with MCNet, and are looking forward to giving our support during the remainder of MCNet’s 15 years concession,” says IS Mozambique CEO, Hermann Woithe. “In view of Mozambique’s rapid economic development and competitiveness in the global market, it is imperative to implement systems that will enhance the development of import and export trade.”

The first phase of the SeW project was aimed at maritime ports, land borders and customs cargo terminals. The second phase of the project has just started with the processing of customs declarations for transit regime by the SeW, as well as expan­ding the use of the system to other in­ternational cargo terminals.

Originally developed in Singapore by Crimsonlogic, the system observes the best practices and international standards established by the UN recommendations and the Revised Kyoto Convention. Though used all over the world, including Africa, Mozambique is the first SADC country currently imple­menting the SeW. Delegations of other member countries, including Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia Botswana, DRC and Gabon, have visited Mozambique recently to study the implementation and operation of the product.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

Ghana to benefit from Solar Powered Internet School project

Ghana is soon to benefit from Samsung's Solar Powered Internet School project, which is taking ICTs to schools across Africa. Read More

Schneider Electric introduces Smart-UPS fifth generation range to Southern Africa

Schneider Electric has announced that two next-generation models of its Smart-UPS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units are now available locally. Read More

PC & console games revenues decline

Global revenues from PC and console games will decline from $46.5bn this year to $41bn by 2019, but will continue to account for over 50% of industry revenues, says new research. Read More

How the cloud can power entrepreneurship and urbanisation in Africa

Cloud computing is not only fundamentally changing the way business operates, it is also driving a new wave of job creation opportunities, says SAP Africa. Read More

First Pan-African Women in Tech virtual meetup in August

The first ever pan-African Women in Tech meet up will take place as a virtual event in August, supported by simultaneous live viewing events in Uganda, South Africa and Ghana. Read More

Schneider Electric announces winners of Go Green in the City 2014

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has announced the winner among the 24 finalists in its global business case challenge, Go Green in the City.  Read More

VMware named a leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure

VMware is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure for the fifth year in a row. Read More

Acer announces management change in EMEA

Acer has announced that Luca Rossi will be appointed president for Acer Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  Read More

MEA external storage market: the slump before the surge

The Middle East and Africa external storage market may have suffered a marginal 2% year-on-year decline in revenue during the first quarter of 2014, but the downturn can be attributed to an annual quirk in the market, says IDC. Read More

Togo anxiously awaits locally-made laptops, smartphones

Students, office employees and business people in the West African nation of Togo are anxiously waiting for the first batch of locally-manufactured IT equipment to hit the market. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Widening ICT skills gap: Cause for concernWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern

Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.

COMPANY NEWS

Schneider Electric introduces Smart-UPS fifth generation range to Southern Africa

Schneider Electric has announced that two next-generation models of its Smart-UPS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units are now available locally.