From November 2-4, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub provided training in Data Harmonization to further develop the Namibian Government’s understanding of National Single Window in readiness for implementation.
Participants for the course were drawn from various departments of Customs and Excise, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Statistics Agency, the Roads Authority, and the Office of the Prime Minister. The Trade Hub has analyzed, mapped, and catalogued over 1,000 different data elements required by the 33 Namibian trade documents so far identified. The Data Harmonization process has reduced the number to 216 data elements of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Set.
A key objective of the Single Window is to have the submission of one electronic document with the minimum amount of data necessary to fulfill the requirements of all cross border regulatory authorities.
Photo: Issy Murangi, Chief Customs and Excise Officer and Helvi Iyambo, Senior Customs and Excise Officer of Namibia Customs and Excise Statistics with trainer Karen Henderson