National Single Window project will facilitate national, regional integration- Tinubu

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By Ismail Abdulaziz
President Bola Tinubu has said that the introduction of the National Single Window (NSW) project would facilitate national and regional integration.

Tinubu said this during the inauguration of the National Steering Committee of the NSW on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that Nigeria would key into the global revenue enjoyed by other global financial systems benefiting from the single window initiatives of ease of doing business.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the single-window system or single-window concept is a trade facilitation concept which allows an international (cross-border) trader to submit information to a single agency.

It reduces having to deal with multiple agencies in multiple locations to obtain the necessary papers, permits, and clearances to complete their import or export processes.

Tinubu pledged to provide the needed conducive environment for the project to succeed in the face of the challenges, adding that he would empower the committee to break all barriers.

“The national single window is a game changer that will revolutionise the way we conduct trade by simplifying government trade compliance through a digital platform. We unlock the doors to economic prosperity, and all other opportunities.

“This initiative will link our ports, government agencies and key stakeholders by creating a seamless and efficient system that will facilitate trade like never before.

“The benefits of this initiative are immense. Paperless trade alone is estimated to bring an annual economic benefit of around 2.7 billion US dollars. Countries like Singapore, Korea, Kenya and Saudi Arabia have already seen significant improvement in trade efficiency after implementing the Single Window System,” he said.

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Mr Zacch Adedeji, Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and chairman of the Steering Committee, said Nigeria stands to gain more than seven per cent growth of Gross Domestic Product annually from the use of the NSW.

He said that the initiative would also engender collaborative business information sharing among various stakeholders involved in the imports and export business.

“This initiative will serve as a catalyst for achieving an average GDP growth rate of 7% annually and propel Nigeria to new islands of prosperity. The national single window is not just a technological advancement.

“It is the gateway to a more connected, efficient and transparent system by linking our ports, government agencies and key stakeholders,” he said.

 

 

Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said that the NSW is an initiative that would aligns all trade documentation in one single platform for ease of doing business.

He said that the digital platform would accelerate process of trade, ease interactions and allow relevant stakeholders to share necessary data instead of the current manual paper works.

“So, we are trying to unify this information in such a way that we fill as little as possible and all related government agencies that need information of import or export processing should be able to pick the information they need from there,” Bello-Koko said.

Mr Bashir Adeniyi, Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said that the new initiative would improve trade security and ease doing business in the country and region.

He said that the single window was not all about realising revenue but a system of facilitating investment into the country through digital platforms accessible to all stakeholders.

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“Part of the obligations of the Trade Facilitation Agreement includes the deployment of technologies. So single window is one of those tools that signatories to the agreement undertook to deploy for them to facilitate trade. It will also help us to manage revenue but better.”

Members of the NSW steering committee are representatives of the Federal Ministries of Finance, Marine and Blue Economy, Transportation, and Industry, Trade and Investment.

Others are representative of the federal Inland Revenue Service, NCS, Nigeria sovereign Investment Authority, Central Bank of Nigeria, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Nigerian Maritime Administration on Safety Agency, NPA and the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
edited by Sadiya Hamza

Ismail Abdulaziz

Deputy Editor in Chief,
Solutions Journalism, Website & Multimedia
Abuja.

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