COMPETE Continues Roll-out of the Regional Revenue Authorities Digital Data Exchange (RADDEx 2.0)In early May, COMPETE held a workshop targeted specifically at the Revenue Authority ICT and software programming teams. The workshop developed skills in RADDEx platform development, dynamically tested the platform and strengthened the Revenue Authorities’ ownership of the product.
COMPETE has been working with the EAC and national revenue authorities to develop the policy and the platform for the improved regional electronic customs information exchange. RADDEx, developed under a USAID program in 2006, is the first largely successful implementation of customs connectivity in Africa. Its goal is to lower transportation costs through decreasing operational delays at border crossings.
RADDEx 2.0 includes improved operational support for border crossing stakeholders in tracking of customs declarations, tools for regional risk management and fraud detection, a customs messaging tool, workload projections and elimination of duplicate data entry. In addition, RADDEx 2.0 will provide a comprehensive reporting engine for trade statistics and trends based on real time customs transactions.