Trade Hub Legal Advisor Assists NamibiaUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted the first stage of its legal review of Namibia’s Single Window legal environment from May 18-21, 2015, in Windhoek. The legal review is designed to assess the country’s legislative readiness for National Single Window and will result in recommendations to harmonize Namibia’s legislation with international standards.

As part of the review, consultations were held with Customs and Excise, SACU, the Ministry of Justice’s Legislative Drafting Unit as well as the Law Reform Commission, the Namibia Trade Forum, and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. At the Namibia Trade Forum, the Trade Hub was presented with an inventory of laws that the Trade Forum has identified as having an impact on National Single Window. At the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, which is sponsoring the Draft Electronic Transactions and Cybercrime Bill 2013, the Trade Hub wasassured that discussion of this bill is on the agenda for Namibia’s Cabinet Committee on Legislation for the first week of June 2015. At the Ministry of Justice, the Trade Hub discussed fast tracking the final drafting of the Electronic Transactions and Cybercrime Bill 2013as well as the capacity building needs of the Ministry in legislative drafting training, international contracts, and international trade.

The Trade Hub also briefed US Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton, Deputy Chief of Mission John Kowalski, and Barry Primm from USAID Namibia at the US Embassy in Windhoek.

Photo: Namibia’s Commissioner of Customs and Excise (right) and the Deputy Director of Legal, Enforcement and International Matters (left) presented a draft of the Customs Amendment Bill to the Trade Hub’s senior legal consultant for review

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