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Developing a Single Window to Facilitate Trade in Senegal

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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Senegal
2012-08-13T11:48:55Z | 2012-08-13T11:48:55Z | 2010-04

In 1995 a reform group headed by Senegal's Ministry of trade introduced a single window system for electronic trade facilitation as part of a reform agenda to improve the country's business environment. Launched in 2004, the system transformed customs clearance, streamlining the process through transparent, electronic transactions initiated by a single request from the importer or exporter. Traders could collect and process the necessary documents and authorizations prior to customs declaration in about half a day rather than the four days required before the system was implemented. With its real-time data, government agencies could better monitor and control transactions, contributing to more secure transactions and revenues. This note highlights key issues in Senegal's decision to develop a customized system and offers lessons for governments in managing diverse stakeholder requirements and expectations.

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