IOTA’s Diversifying Role: Empowering Cross-Border Trade in East Africa
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IOTA’s Diversifying Role: Empowering Cross-Border Trade in East Africa

  • Trademark Africa and Sanitary and Phytosanitary regulatory agencies in the East African Community are teaming up with the IOTA Foundation to enhance cross-border trade.
  • Utilizing IOTA technology and the Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP), the collaboration aims to standardize food safety and plant health regulations, overcoming challenges in data exchange and fostering a more efficient East African trading community.

In a groundbreaking move, Trademark Africa has joined forces with Sanitary and Phytosanitary regulatory agencies in the East African Community (EAC) to revolutionize cross-border trade. According to a report by Crypto News Flash, the collaboration, powered by the IOTA Foundation, aims to overcome challenges in Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) data exchange, paving the way for a standardized approach to food safety and plant health regulations across EAC borders.

Revolutionizing Cross-Border Trade: The IOTA Advantage

Earlier this week, on Monday, December 18, the IOTA Foundation revealed a strategic partnership between Trademark Africa and SPS regulatory agencies in the EAC.

The primary objective is to establish a robust information-sharing platform employing IOTA technology. This initiative addresses the longstanding challenges in SPS data exchange by leveraging the Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP), a digital infrastructure jointly developed by Trademark Africa and the IOTA Foundation.


The Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP) plays a pivotal role in promoting transparency and compliance in SPS measures.

A recent workshop in Rwanda outlined plans for a specialized digital platform dedicated to SPS certificates. This platform aims to overcome regulatory challenges, fostering a more efficient, secure, and interconnected East African trading community. The workshop serves as the foundation for a digitalized future in regional trade.

Challenges in SPS Data Exchange

Efficient and secure data exchange is paramount for global trade, especially concerning Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures crucial for food safety. Real-time, trustworthy information is vital for preventing the spread of plant pests and animal diseases.

However, challenges such as diverse regulatory frameworks, varied information systems, and the need for timely communication hinder SPS-related data exchange.

Stakeholders, including the IOTA Foundation, Trademark Africa, and the EAC Secretariat, recently convened in a workshop to discuss the potential of the SPS platform in enhancing trade processes within the EAC.

The discussions focused on addressing regulatory diversity, disease threats, and infrastructure limitations. Key suggestions included upgrading national systems for seamless integration with the SPS system, incorporating traders into the SPS platform, and expanding notifications and alerts to cover perishable goods.

TLIP and SPS Measures

The collaborative effort aims to restructure and automate trade processes, including the issuance of trade documents. With a roadmap in place, the initiative seeks to integrate TLIP with SPS measures, fostering transparency and efficiency in East African trade. This incorporation represents a significant enhancement of the trade data accessible through TLIP, promising a seamless integration with existing systems soon.

Industry stakeholders and the public are encouraged to stay tuned for updates and announcements from the IOTA Foundation, Trademark Africa, and the EAC regarding the collaborative impact on cross-border trade. As East Africa embraces this transformative initiative, the region is poised for a new era of seamless, secure, and standardized cross-border trade facilitated by IOTA technology.

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