Update on the “Digitizing Global Trade” Development Partnership

Realignment of project activities

The ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) development partnership was initiated in 2021 and has been in implementation since March 2022. The goal is to facilitate trade through simplifying and digitizing certain trade procedures. Initially, the project activities started in five countries: Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda.

The project team regularly reviewed planned activities, interim results, impact, and linkages within local structures. After thorough consideration, the DGT partnership under the develoPPP framework will focus on Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Rwanda for the remaining implementation phase. This narrowed scope is to realign the existing project structures and ensure the delivery of sustainable benefits for both the public and private sector in the countries. 

We commit to the trustful and long-standing cooperation in Kenya and Ghana with local authorities such as the Kenya Revenue Authority, KenTrade, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Export Promotion Agency, and the private sector. Our continued cooperation will focus on key areas and projects of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, under the umbrella of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

About “Digitizing Global Trade” (DGT)

The DGT partnership aims to simplify and digitize trade processes in Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire and Rwanda. In line with the central components of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, cross-border trade should become more efficient over a period of three years. The DGT projects are based on a modular structure. This means that the desired goals can be adapted to each project country individually. The goals are based on country specific needs analysis and are defined in close cooperation with the partners.

The 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 Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH within the framework of the develoPPP programme.

About the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation Projects in Ghana and Kenya

The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation is currently implementing projects in both Ghana and Kenya together with local partners from the public and private sector. These activities focus on strengthening trade facilitation under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The initial scope of the DGT projects in these countries will be integrated into the already existing AfCFTA projects to continue the collaboration. 

The project in Ghana supports the customs administration and the private sector under three components: 1) Customs Modernisation 2) Customs Cooperation 3) Capacity Building. The digitalisation of the Instruction for Dispatch of Goods (IDG) continues under the first component.

The project in Kenya aims to make information on import and export procedures accessible to all parties involved in cross-border trade. Moreover, it fosters the cooperation among border agencies. The trade procedures for the two commodities avocado and fish will be mapped, simplified and where possible digitised within the running project.