|KRA SCOOPS PUBLIC SERVICE INNOVATION AWARD|
KRA SCOOPS PUBLIC SERVICE INNOVATION AWARD
RADDEx, the electronic communication system that was developed in 2006 to enable exchange of data between the Customs administrations in the EAC partner states won the second runner up award during the Public Service Innovation Awards ceremony held last week at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. The ceremony was held concurrently with innovation exhibition at the same venue. KRA showcased both the Electronic Cargo Tracking System and RADDEx. While touring the KRA stand, the Minister State for Public Service Hon. Dalmas Otieno EGH appreciated the leading role KRA has taken in embracing information technology. ‘Everything revolves around tax administration and if KRA leads the way, taxpayers will be motivated to follow suit,’ he concluded. He was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Titus Ndambuki among other dignitaries. He was taken round the KRA stand by the Head of Marketing and Communication Kennedy Onyonyi.
RADDEx is an acronym that stands for Revenue Authorities Digital Data Exchange.
It is a system for exchange of data on Customs transactions between the EAC partner states. Currently, RADDEX encompasses exchange of data between URA, RRA, TRA and KRA on a one-to-one basis. The initiative was envisaged to immensely benefit trade stakeholders by reducing time and cost of cargo clearance through a secure means of confirmation of transit, export and import cargo details to the Partner States. RADDEx was developed in late 2006 to:
· Enable reliable exchange of Customs data.
· Reduce reliance on human escort and manual records.
· Provide efficiency through faster exchange of information.
· Reduce costs of trade by improving on enforcement information.
· Provide information for risk profiling and bond cancellation.
To make RADDEx more efficient and to standardise its blueprint, the EAC partner states, with the support of USAID-Compete are developing RADDEx 2.0 which uses open source (free) tools like pHp and mySQL. It also adopts the same architecture among member states and has a central server based at the EAC secretariat in Arusha. RADDEx1 is in use but RADDEx 2.0 is 95% complete and undergoing testing. The servers have been distributed to all partner states and are in the process of being configured. Data is already being exchanged on Transit cargo by partner states. Reconciliation Data is also being exchanged.
Congratulations to the KRA team that represented the authority at the event including Simon Ngure(Customs), Hudson Makhanu(Customs), Stella Kirigo (Marketing), Anne Mburu(Marketing) and Rahab Lintari(Marketing).
PICTURE: L-R Stella, Ngure, Makhanu and Lintari displaying the plaque awarded to the authority.
PICTURE: The Head of Marketing, Kennedy Onyonyi, taking Hon. Dalmas Otieno EGH, around the KRA stand.