From October 20-22, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub provided training in Data Harmonization to improve the ability of government and private sector stakeholders in Malawi to implement the National Single Window.
Participants for the course were drawn from the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), the National Statistical Office (NSO) and the Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association of Malawi (CAFAAM).
To date the Trade Hub has analyzed, mapped, and catalogued 872 different data elements required to be submitted within 27 trade documents used in Malawi. Harmonizing these elements has resulted in reducing the number to 186 data elements of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Set. The government will need to work hard to further reduce this figure.
A key objective of the Single Window is to have the submission of one document with the minimum amount of data necessary to fulfill the requirements of all cross border regulatory authorities.
Photo: Trade Hub expert Karen Henderson assists a break-out group to validate Malawi data elements for accuracy and correct mapping to the WCO data set during the Data Harmonization Training course in Blantyre