Trade Department launches digital platform allowing the industry to directly report perceived trade obstacles

February 28, 2023

The Trade Department has officially launched the Trade Obstacle Alert Mechanism (TOAM) digital platform.

The launching took place this morning at Eden Bleu Hotel.

Officially launching the ceremony, the Minister for Finance, National Planning and Trade, Naadir Hassan, pointed that the digital platform ‘marks another very important step for the government in the implementation of its digitalization strategy.’

“The launching of this online platform today, TOAM, will allow for easy and speedy interaction between policy makers and the industry, with the view of resolving issues, which are deemed detrimental to trade facilitation”.

TOAM will serve as a platform for the business community to provide feedback on perceived trade obstacles and the clearance of goods at the borders.

The Trade Department will manage the platform, and when a report is lodged on a perceived trade obstacle, the report will be forwarded to the relevant authority for a resolution, if any.

A deadline of 2 weeks has been set for a feedback.

All reports and resolutions will be made public via the platform.

“The platform will provide government with timely updates on issues being faced by the industry. It is through this mechanism that companies will remain up to date with information on trade rules and procedure”.

Minister Hassan has urged the business community to make use of the platform to further facilitate trade.

“I appeal to all stakeholders to make use of this online platform, be it government entities or the private sector, because the platform can only become successful and efficient, with your active participation. Equally important, we all have one objective; to transform Seychelles into an attractive trade destination, thus enabling your business to grow and thrive. Let us make good use of this digital platform.”

To read Minister Hassan's full speech, click on the link below.

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