The project will support Mozambique’s Ministry of Health in securing Rapid Test Kits (RTKs) for HIV/AIDS and malaria by cutting time and costs in import procedures.
Government health agencies in Mozambique must acquire a paper-based authorisation to ship essential supplies, including RTKs, making for a lengthy and cumbersome process, often resulting in unforeseen expenses.
Digitising existing systems and streamlining procedures will allow government agencies to process shipments faster, reducing clearance times. Additionally, a greater collaboration with Customs on advance clearance for RTKs will increase the certainty of supply. Shorter processing times and fewer delays will save private sector suppliers outlays associated with storage, product degradation, and inventory management.
What we are doing
Alongside Mozambican government agencies and local and international companies, we are supporting Mozambique in improving and automating RTK approval processes. Government health agencies will be able to benefit from Mozambique’s existing electronic Single Window and better secure the supply of RTKs through advance rulings and efficient pre-arrival processing. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Mozambique Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the National Directorate of Pharmacy, Central Medical Stores within the Ministry of Health, as well as Customs and the National Trade Facilitation Committee. From the private sector, Alliance global business partners Abbott and DHL will be providing the project their industry expertise and relevant data.
The use of simplified digital systems will:
- reduce the time and cost associated with paper-based approvals, allowing for faster movement of essential medical products
- make shipping RTKs safer and more transparent by reducing the risk of loss or damage
- increase cooperation and collaboration between different border and government agencies, building trust
- ensure more streamlined processes and thus fewer disputes and delays related to Customs clearance
Overall, the project can also improve general public health by making essential healthcare products more easily available. It can particularly benefit Mozambican women who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and malaria.
To assess our impact on the ease of trading, once the project is complete the Alliance will measure the reduction in clearance times, the costs associated with shipment and storage, as well as levels of cooperation.
The project is expected to take 11 months and will include the creation of a working group comprised of all stakeholders to improve visibility and ensure post-project sustainability of outcomes.
How can the private sector get involved?
We are looking for businesses to get involved in a wide range of activities. In particular, we invite logistics and healthcare companies to participate in the formation of a healthcare workgroup to be co-ordinated by the National Trade Facilitation Committee in Mozambique, a platform for public-private collaboration in support of trade reform efforts.
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