Lusaka, Monday, April 8, 2017: The European Union has approved the request for COMESA to continue providing support to Burundi through the Regional Integration Support Programme. The country is eligible for €860,000 and €440,000 provided under the 9th and 10th European Development Fund.
The support under the 9th EDF will be channeled to the implementation of the Advanced ASYCUDA World and E-Single Window project.
With regard to the 10th EDF resources, the Government of Burundi had identified the proposed areas of support covering Standards, leather value chains and supporting the National Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (NIMCC).
Last month, a COMESA RISM team undertook a mission to Burundi to commence preparations for the project documents under the 5th and 6th Call for Submissions. This was in addition to providing support to consultations for the preparation of the 8th Call for Submissions under RISM.
The meeting reviewed the document on the Advanced ASYCUDA World and E-Single Window project submitted by UNCTAD with a view of validating activities previously initiated under Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA). These are envisaged to be resumed and implemented under the COMESA funding.
The mission led by the Coordinator, Hope Situmbeko had technical-level meetings with various stakeholders expected to be involved in the implementation of the E-SW. They included; the Director of IT and Customs, the Investment Promotion Agency (API), the Standards Body (BBN), Ministry of Health (Department of Pharmacy), Ministry of Health (Departments of Plant Protection and Veterinary Services).
“The focus in all the meetings was to establish the level of understanding of the E-SW; what had been achieved under the TMEA funding, equipment requirements, connectivity and offices to which the E-SW would be rolled out,” Mrs Situmbeko said.
Implementation of the project is expected to reduce the supply chain time from arrival to release cargo and cost of doing business. This is in addition to enhancing trade facilitation and regional integration.
Burundi delegates attending COMESA meeting