In May 2015, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) launched an international bid [EuropeAid/135382/IH/SER/ET] under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance to acquire an Electronic Customs Management System (eCMS) in replacement of the legacy ASYCUDA++ system, introduced thirteen years earlier by UNCTAD.
In July 2015, the Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia selected Webb Fontaine Holding (WFH) as the winning bidder among 10 different preselected vendors. The corresponding contract was signed in November 2015 by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, ERCA, Webb Fontaine and was endorsed for financing by the Head of Cooperation, European Union, Addis Ababa.
This marked a new era for Webb Fontaine which, for the first time, stepped in East Africa to deploy its flagship product, now highly acclaimed Customs automation system: TradeWorldManager™ (TWM).
Project activities started in December 2015 and a pilot site is already in preparation for June 2016. The TWM system will operate in both Amharic and English languages and will automate all Customs processes including Transit facilities across the main corridors.
TWM rich client interface will be used within Customs while a revolutionary Webb Fontaine Trade Portal interface called Trade Point Manager will be used for traders to monitor their import and export processes and submit transactions online.Continue Reading