USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted a workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 3-6, 2015 for the Malawi National Single Window (NSW) Legal Technical Working Group. The participants represented seven different government agencies including the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Malawi Revenue Authority, and the Ministry of Finance.
The Legal Technical Working Group identified a list of priority laws that are likely to be affected by implementation of National Single Window in Malawi. Each of the priority laws was then assigned to workshop participants for their analysis and recommendations to the group for peer review so that key recommendations and layperson drafts could be agreed upon. This included the Electronic Transactions Bill, which has the highest priority recommendation for the group as it is a necessary precursor to National Single Window.
The recommendations emerging from the workshop will be incorporated into a final technical report for the government of Malawi for action to ensure a solid legal foundation for NSW. Given the challenges in accessing resources in Malawi, workshops such as this are crucial to securing buy-in and acceptance of key initiatives at an early stage.
Photo: Legal Counsel for the Malawi Revenue Authority Chris Likomwa discusses terminology in the Customs Law with Kahaki Jere of the Ministry of Justice.