Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler will address the launch of the Barbados Electronic Single Window (BESW) on Wednesday, February 15, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. (FP)

The Barbados Electronic Single Window (BESW) has been successfully implemented and will be officially launched next Wednesday, February 15, during a ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Close to 100 business persons and Government officials are expected to attend the launch, which will be addressed by Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler.

The ESW will make trade-related business transactions with Government more effective and efficient by providing a single, online point of contact between the trading community and government agencies to electronically obtain the required licences, permits, certificates or other documents to import or export products.

Government and the Inter-American Development Bank entered into a loan contract in 2010 to cooperate in the execution of the Barbados Competitiveness Programme.

This Programme is designed to improve Barbados’ competitiveness by addressing the key blockages to the efficient movement of goods in Barbados, and supporting other trade and investment activities to promote export development and increase private investment.

The BESW is a major deliverable of this Programme, and will facilitate the participation of approximately 28 government departments and agencies.

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