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COMESA rolls out new system to monitor non-tariff barriers

Published on May 03, 2017

It will now be easier and faster for the business community in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to report trade barriers within the tripartite regional economic bloc, thanks to a new short messaging service (SMS) system. According to experts, the innovation that was launched last week will help improve regional trade.

Souef Kamalidini, the director general for Customs at COMESA, said the SMS tool will supplement the current web-based online system for reporting, monitoring and elimination of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) used by COMESA, the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). A similar system is used by the Northern Corridor countries to report NTBs.

The tripartite online reporting system is a real-time mechanism for reporting, processing, monitoring and resolving NTBs. Read more. Source | New Times