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Kenya Revenue Authority upgrading new customs software

Kenya Revenue Authority upgrading new customs software

NAIROBI: The Kenya Revenue Authority will install a new customs software early next year to replace the faulty Simba system.

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) CEO Frank Matsaert said the new system will be put up in the first quarter of 2016.

KRA has been working with TMEA to upgrade the current system at a cost of Sh1 billion.

The news comes just one week after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the ratification of the World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that requires countries to upgrade their customs systems.

“Simba is ageing and has operational issues which makes it unreliable. KRA wants to replace it and we are partnering with them in that.

“I believe Kenya is moving the right direction and will get new demands to do more as a result of TFA that we would like to help address,” Mr Matsaert said in Nairobi on Tuesday.

He spoke during the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding with the World Customs Organisation (WCO).