The keys to smooth cross-border trade in Africa

8th edition of the International Single Window Conference. Ph.Sradni

The work of the 8th edition of the International Conference of One-Stop Shops ended on Wednesday in Marrakech. Organized from September 26 to 28, this meeting brought together international experts from various backgrounds, decision-makers, business leaders and players in the international trade ecosystem in order to discuss the challenges of the one-stop shops of the future, digital transformation and the fluidification of cross-border trade.

End clap for the eighth edition of the International Conference of Single Windows organized from September 26 to 28 in Marrakech. Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, this meeting organized by PortNet, in partnership with the National Ports Agency (ANP) and the African Electronic Commerce Alliance (AACE) focused on the theme ” The one-stop shops of the future at the heart of the digital transformation and the fluidification of cross-border trade”. “Several recommendations were requested by the experts who came from different regions to share their expertise and experiences in different fields. These include the use of technology in the facilitation of cross-border trade, the integration of innovation and disruptive technologies, the importance of digital transformation in this field, as well as the integration and l “interoperability between one-stop shops at regional and continental levels”, underlined Youssef Ahouzi, Managing Director of PortNet. And to note that these recommendations will be enriched through the publication of a white paper which will be shared and distributed to the various parties concerned.

For three days, debates and exchanges took place around digital transformation and the use of technologies for efficient, inclusive and sustainable international trade, regional and international collaboration and interoperability between single windows, the role the one-stop-shop ecosystem in the promotion and development of intra-African trade, and innovation and disruptive technologies at the heart of the one-stop-shops of the future.

Several highlights marked this edition, including the awards ceremony for the “Smart Port Challenge by ANP”, a 100% online Hackathon dedicated to promoting collaborative innovation in the port sector, as well as the tributes paid to players in the port ecosystem, in particular Ahmed Jaid from the Customs and Indirect Tax Administration and Abdelaziz Mantrach, vice-president of the Moroccan Association of Exporters (Asmex) and president of the Association’s Logistics Commission.

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Here are the main recommendations of the eighth edition of the International Single Window Conference:

  • Build the capacity of stakeholders to accelerate the implementation of national single windows.
  • Promote the exchange of data and the transparency of national actors for the success of a single window.
  • Strengthen existing technologies to ensure data cybersecurity.
  • Comply with international standards for data protection.
  • Strengthen the role of one-stop shops in supporting the implementation of major international reforms related to trade facilitation (ZLECAF; AFE/WTO; FAL/IMO; etc.).
  • Strengthen the alliance’s interoperability initiatives through the Africa e-trade hub (AFTRA) platform.
  • Encourage countries to initiate reviews of the regulatory framework for better integration of digital in the supply chain.
  • Strengthen political commitment at the level of regional economic communities and the African Union.
  • Encourage the establishment of regional one-stop shops.
  • Encourage all parties involved in foreign trade to integrate single window platforms.
  • Encourage one-stop shops to integrate emerging technologies (AI; ​​IOT; Blockchain; Big Data, etc.).
  • Encourage partnership and the sharing of best practices related to the modernization of cross-border trade.
  • Invite African government structures to join the alliance to pool efforts.
  • Encourage countries bordering the sea to include processes in their single window to facilitate the transit of goods to countries in the hinterland.

Statement by Youssef Ahouzi, Managing Director of PortNet SA

Statement by Soufyane Meftah, Commercial Architect at Wabtec


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