National Single Window Launched in Timor-Leste
On February 1, 2021, the Minister of Finance, H.E. Rui Augusto Gomes and the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, H.E. Joaquim Amaral, this morning, officially launched the National Single Window of ASYCUDA World System for getting TradeInvest integrated into the online platform.
The launching was an important milestone for Customs Authority of the Ministry of Finance in the context of fiscal and public financial reform program, which was initially started off by the VI Constitutional Government and VIII Constitutional Government is fully committed to push such a reform agenda. This NSW portal will connect Timor- Leste to the global trade market and will boost the country’s business access to markets in the areas such as agriculture, tourism, fisheries, livestock, and other industries – a way of enabling Timor-Leste to diversify its economy.
The online portal will connect the Customs Authority of the Ministry of Finance with the line ministries/ government agencies that deals with the movement of goods and services, including the Tax Authority, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, TradeInvest and Autoridade Portuáriu Timor-Leste (APORTIL). The interface system employed within public administration services will ease-up the congestion, reduce the transaction costs, including clearance times at land borders, port, and airports – making it easier for the traders. It will also help the Government through the Ministry of Finance to collect the revenue in a fair and transparent manner.
This successful launch of NSW was the effort by the Customs Authority of the Ministry of Finance under the stewardship of H.E. Vice-Minister Dra. Sara L. Brites, with the support and assistance by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).