As SLPA Introduces Single Window Transaction… Water Quay Boosted

By Ayodele Deen Cole
The Governance Sector Coordinator, at the President’s Delivery Team, Jeanette Rose has disclosed that the government is planning to introduce an Electronic Single Window at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay to increase on the transparency and efficiency at the Ports.

She made this disclosure recently during a visit of the former Prime Minister of England, Tony Blair to the Ports.  According to her, the introduction of the new system will create a robust customer outreach mechanism at the Ports. She continued that the Governance team is supporting the design and implementation of the system as part of the President’s Recovery Priorities, reflecting the political support behind the process.

The Electronic Single Window system is a technology at modern Ports around the world. According to the Managing Director of SLPA, Abu Bakarr Bangura, when installed, the new system will benefit importers and exporters by simplifying and demystifying processes; improving coordination between agencies; enhancing transparency, reducing the time and cost of doing business and that of compliance burden.  He also noted that introducing the Single Window is a challenging project, which entails strategic planning and effective use of information technology, financial and human resources. The SLPA MD, continued that the collaborative and consultative process of the new system will include customer needs’ analyses and regular stakeholder meetings to ensure information exchange and joint project ownership.

Furthermore, Jeanette Rose noted that a technical committee co-chaired by the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the Sierra Leone Ports Authority has been set up to review lessons learnt from the region and submit and recommendations to the President’ team.

Meanwhile, Bollore Africa Logistics is now investing in the construction of a seventh berth which will be completed in 2018 to accommodate deep sea vessels.