The delay of Rwandan merchandise at Mombasa port will soon end when the Kenyan government introduces internet transaction system.The new developments will enable Rwandan traders to monitor the arrival and departure of their merchandise at Mombasa Port through the internet to be installed next year. This was revealed by the Kenyan State Minister of Transport, Andrew Ligale, while presenting the new development plan of the Mombasa Port to the Rwandan business community at Hotel Continental-Kigali.

Ligale assured traders that installation of electronic commerce that will promote regional business integration and reduce inefficient handling of cargo at the Mombasa Port.

"We want to ease clearing and forwarding of transit merchandise so that owners get them at a convenient time," he said, adding that the electronic commerce system minimizes theft of cargo containers at the coast.

Without revealing the cost of the IT project, the Kenyan minister said that the electronic transaction is also to reduce the burden of Mombasa-Kigali enroute revenue check points that delay goods.

Through Internet, all countries in the region that use Mombasa business gateway would be able to identify the location of their merchandise at the port, and the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) official charged to handle their transaction matters.

John Bosco Kalisa, an official from the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (RPSF) expressed gratitude over the Kenyan e-commerce initiative associated with streamlining the cargo handling at Mombasa port.

"We're (Rwandans) behind the initiative," Kalisa said that the Rwandan business community expects new developments to improve in the transactions between Kigali and Mombasa.

The New Times