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New govt portal seeks to ease import and export trade, curb corruption

A new government portal provides all rules and documents needed to export and import goods. PHOTO | JAMES KARIUKI | NMG
A new government portal, infotradekenya.go.ke, provides all rules and documents needed to export and import goods. PHOTO | JAMES KARIUKI | NMG 

Kenya has launched an information trade portal aimed at demystifying the export and import processes, which is aimed at curbing graft and easing costs of trade.

KenTrade Board Chairman Joseph Kibwana said launch of infotradekenya.go.ke portal was in response to traders' cry for a simple process.

Mr Kibwana said traders now have easier access to all documents needed as well as contacts of all officers involved in clearing goods.

Red tape

The portal also provides email contacts of chief executives of State agencies' involved. This is aimed at easing the red tape that make corruption to thrive.

The portal contains 170 documented processes, 850 documents as well as all 25 laws.

This is aimed at enabling traders engage directly with State agencies without necessary engaging human intermediaries.

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