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Kenya to open online service for business certificationTuesday, January 20, 2015 > 09:17:50
Kenya’s trade lobby has received 85, 000 U.S. dollars from TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), an organization funded by development agencies in East Africa, to support design and development of a web portal that can automate issuance of Certificate of Origin.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC1) said in a statement that the web portal is part of the government digitization process which will be integrated with other government agencies.
KNCCI Chairman Kiprono Kittony said the signing of the financing agreement between KNCCI and TMEA is a milestone to trade facilitation process in Kenya.
“The automation process will include membership automation and the certificate of origin. KNCCI will be able to register members online from the County Chambers as well as at the national level,” Kittony said.
He said the application, verification, approvals and payments would all be undertaken online and this would assist KNCCI in service delivery to members and also enhance recruitment process.
KNCCI is now the sole issuer of the Certificate of Origin, a function it regained last July from the Kenya Bureau of Statistics.
Exporters can require the certificate for goods shipped to other markets via the online service, and the automation is expected to cut costs and time taken in facilitating the process. KNCCI will also be equipped to avail trade information electronically.
More than 1,000 Origin Certificates are issued monthly to traders, who will not need to make physical visits to KNCCI offices for the same.
The certificate is required for exports destined for the Middle East, India, Russia, Eastern and Central European markets.
TMEA Kenya Country Director Chris Kiptoo said the e-portal will improve delivery of services to traders and expediting the processing of certificates which will reduce costs caused by delays.
The portal will also include business development process which will entail online registration, automated verification and processing of registration, online payment for registration and automated issuance of registration (membership certificate), he said.