STATUM helps streamline agricultural trade in Paraguay
The alliance between STATUM and GRUPO HORUS (Paraguay) developed, in 2021, a solution to streamline agricultural trade in the country, through the National Plant and Seed Quality and Health Service (SENAVE).
This system was carried out in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, who finances the project "Agricultural Systems and Technology to Facilitate Trade in Paraguay", which seeks to simplify, modernize and harmonize the processes for export, import and transit of agricultural products in Paraguay.
The project combines the two tools offered by STATUM: the ApiaDocumentum electronic file system and Online Procedures. Both tools are used by citizens and by companies that import and export agricultural products. In SENAVE they are used by more than 20 people.
These technologies manage to significantly reduce non-tariff barriers to agricultural trade. In addition, a 14% reduction in the cost of trading agricultural products and a 30% decrease in the time for their release is expected.
GRUPO HORUS, a Paraguayan partner of STATUM, worked together with SENAVE to define some of the more than 40 processes that this Paraguayan State agency has, which regulates the import and export of agricultural products in that country. “Six processes were chosen”, commented Dino Aguilera, Project Coordinator for SENAVE.
What accelerated this digitization process was the pandemic. “The field did not stop”, commented Aguilera, who highlighted the figure of the president of the institution, Rodrigo González, to advance in the process of digital transformation.
The initiative involved the training of SENAVE officials. "It was a great challenge," Aguilera said. The training was carried out from 8 to 12 hours, from Monday to Friday, for two weeks. "They put on the shirt and showed their commitment to the institution," he added.
Aguilera highlighted that this solution allows SENAVE to "improve its performance, increase its efficiency and make management transparent." He also stressed that the user can know the traceability of the process, that is, who starts it and who ends it.