Official launch of the AFRICA E-TRADE HUB digital platform

The African Alliance for Electronic Commerce, in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), has launched the AFRICA E-TRADE HUB, the objective of this platform is to provide a trade information portal centralizing trade procedures. import, export and transit of African countries.

The AFRICA E-TRADE HUB platform created by the African Alliance for Electronic Commerce and the AfDB was set up following the collaborative work of the members of the Alliance, of which Morocco is a part, as a founding member, through “the Guichet Single National Foreign Trade Procedures, PortNet”.

The PORTNET SA teams as well as the other members of the alliance took part in the different phases of the project, from the expression of needs and specifications to the transfer of skills and the official launch of the platform.

The main objective of this platform, which is the result of inclusive collaboration and community intelligence with all members of the alliance, is to provide a commercial information portal centralizing import procedures, export and transit of African countries and a platform for exchanging data / electronic documents between
African countries.

The platform is divided into two parts:

The first is the establishment of a foreign trade portal: Africa Trade Portal for the promotion of international trade containing, for each country and each economic region, trade formalities, statistics, costs, logistics players and the Top 100 importers and exporters.

The second is the establishment of the African Trade Document Exchange Hub, a platform for the exchange of electronic commercial documents between African countries, such as certificates of origin and phytosanitary certificates in order to facilitate, accelerate and make processing more reliable and thus reduce deadlines and costs.

In line with the recommendations of the WTO and the Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAF), this project falls within the context of the digital economy and aims to help reduce the use of paper.

The promotion of new procedures which are now based on digital technology will make it possible to take advantage of the advantages offered in terms of saving time, reducing costs, reducing or even eliminating the printing of documents and reducing physical travel.

Thus, the AFRICA E-TRADE HUB, of which PORTNET SA is a stakeholder, will offer visibility to the great potential of African markets, with a view to triggering a progressive development of intra-African trade and also activating the share of Africa in world trade.

As a reminder, the African Alliance for Electronic Commerce (AACE) constitutes a framework for exchange and sharing in terms of trade facilitation.

It brings together more than twenty African countries and aims to promote the concept of national and regional Single Windows in accordance with the recommendations of international institutions. One of its priorities is to set itself up as a resource center for projects to set up Single Windows in Africa.


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