Update: MACN Argentina, July 2018
The new system is showing results: all stakeholders agree that incidents have dropped significantly. MACN incident data shows no large cash payment report in 2018 (with just 12 reports of cigarettes to port officials in 2018).
The e-governance system underpinning the inspections process was implemented on 16 April in all Argentine ports. Feedback from port agents has been positive; no major issues were flagged. This is a great step forward in terms of the reform's sustainabillity.
We organized in May the first public-private meeting directed at monitoring the system's implementation. All relevant stakeholders participated, including Senasa's VP, the coordinator of the supervision system, and the official in charge of the e-governance system. More than 45 private attendees (port agents, private surveyors, and exporters) were there. The meeting followed the one we had held with only the private stakeholders in March. Both the Senasa authorities and the Centro's President Guillermo Hernandez spoke about MACN's role in this collective action and the importance of strengthening cooperation to sustain this cultural change. All conclusions of the meeting are described in the meeting minutes (available here).
The UK FCO has provided another small grant (USD 7,000) to co-finance our work on monitoring the system's implementation. Specifically, this grant will allow us between July and October to agree with all stakeholders on the indicators to assess the system's functioning, gather the relevant information from them, and share and co-assess it with Senasa. This will help the government to gather the information it needs to decide in November whether it will maintain the pilot project.
The first training of private surveyors and port agents in 2018 (supported by the Orient Fund) was carried out in May in Rosario. Fernando Basch shared the panel with Cristian Cunha (Senasa's General Ports Coordinator, in charge of the supervision of the system).