Botswana to create trade information portal


Botswana is planning to launch a National Trade Information Portal at the end of the year to boost transparency in policies and practices affecting movement of goods across borders.

Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) CEO, Letsebe Sejoe said on Wednesday that the move is meant to make sure that Botswana fulfils its World Trade Organisation (WTO) obligations. Speaking at the BITC stakeholder consultative workshop, he said Botswana is required to publish trade information under WTO regulations, in particular, Article 10 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and Articles 1 and 2 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

He stated that BITC, in partnership with the World Bank, will create a website that will feature all trade-related information beginning from the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) rate to tariff and non-tariff measures related to importation and exportation of commodities.

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