The International Maritime Organisation (IMO), with the aid of Norway, established a maritime “single window” in Antigua and Barbud and the source code for the system which will be made available to other countries.
A maritime single window enables all information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay, and departure of ships, people and cargo, to be submitted electronically via a single portal, without duplication. The IMO’s Convention on the Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), which aims to reduce bureaucracy and make
As such, the new requirements, which came into effect on 8 April 2019, placed obligations on
During the ceremony, IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim said, “I believe that this system will assist
Secretary-General Lim also commended Norway for its dedication and generosity in support the project which lasted nineteen (19) months, and Antigua and Barbuda for its excellent collaborative work to make the project a success.
Also addressing the ceremony was Siv Christin
In response, High Commissioner, H.E. Karen-Mae Hill said, “For small, vulnerable countries with limited resources, such as ours, it is quality and efficiency of service that will keep our business doors open and attractive. This maritime single window system will make cross-border trade simpler. Antigua and Barbuda
The project to implement a maritime single window system in Antigua and Barbuda was launched in October 2017. Norway provided technical and financial support to Antigua and Barbuda while the IMO provided coordination between the two countries. In June 2018, the installation of the first, basic system platform took place followed by testing and implementation.
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