The African Alliance for E-Commerce (AACE), in partnership with the Congo Single Window, organized the 4th edition of the International Single Windows Conference from the 5th to the 7th October 2015, at the “Palais des Congrès” in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo).
The opening ceremony took place under the Presidency of the Minister of transport, Civil Aviation and the Merchant Marine, and in the presence of gentlemen Eugène Rufin Bouya, General Director of The Unique window of cross-border transactions (GUOT), Roy Santana, representative of the WTO, and Chiza Charles Chiumya, representative of the African Union.
During three days of work, delegates conducted a thorough reflection on the effective use of single points of contact to facilitate the concrete implementation of the Bali agreements on trade facilitation.
The conference has recorded more than 600 participants from 29 countries as follows: South Africa, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, France, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Mauritius, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Senegal, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Thailand.
The strong participation of technical partners and regional organizations involved in trade facilitation were also noted. It is the African Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, ITC, WTO, economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific with the United Nations (UNESCAP), the International Maritime Bureau, l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Convention on trade international of species of fauna and Flora (CITES), the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA), HIV Corridor.
The following recommendations were made: