SACU open dialogue of trade facilitation

September 23, 2015, 12:39pm


By The Villager

Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) kick started a series of dialogue with the SACU member states on the trade facilitation between the public and private sector. 

The dialogue, held at a breakfast meeting in Windhoek, was run under the theme “the role of trade facilitation in supporting business in the SACU region: the national chapter-Namibia.” 

The dialogue, which will also be carried in each SACU member state, is focused on various points including collaboration with customs administration of SACU to strengthen their engagements with their broad clients in support of the customs development program priorities as adopted by SACU council of ministers in 2010; to ensure the visibility of the customs development program supported by the SACU secretariat, world customs organization (WCO) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). 

Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, in a speech read by his PS Ericah Shafudah, noted that the objective of the dialogue was to fortify, cement and indeed elevate dialogue between the private sector and the government of Namibia in the area of trade facilitation,“Its intricacies and opportunities to support our government’s key priorities of poverty eradication, socio economic advancement, job creation and wealth distribution amongst others.” 

SACU Executive Secretary Paulina Elago concurred that the dialogue will help strengthen the trade facilitation within SACU member states. “Through this interaction, we hope to strengthen the implementation of the SACU customs to business agenda, which strives to address and streamline the cross border trade in SACU, particularly with respect to border controls. We plan to host similar interactions in other SACU member States in the coming months.”