Official Launch of the “Digitizing Global Trade” Project in Rwanda

The Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) becomes an official partner in the ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) project. On 31 August 2022 RRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Both partners endeavor to implement the initiative together to accelerate customs clearance processes in Rwanda.

The project aims to improve import and export procedures for postal and express shipments through digital solutions. Both are high on the agenda of the Rwandan Government with its current focus on e-commerce and related shipments.

In line with the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), activities willcontribute to reduction of time and costs for export/import clearance processes. One of the planned measures will be the strengthening of Pre-Arrival and Pre-Departure Processing. This will enable customs and other border agencies to select shipments for immediate release before they arrive at the border.

The ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) projects are financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL). They are jointly implemented by DPDHL and GIZ within the framework of the develoPPP programme.

Next to Rwanda, the DGT development partnership is currently being implemented in Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Kenya.