The Project was rolled out in five phases over a period of two years. The first phase – Mobilization and Prototype building
dealt with the signing of the contribution agreement, the mobilization of UNCTAD’s officials, securing of the Project Office and local project team with some foundational technical training, preparation of the project work plan, establishment of base lines, awareness sessions were held with both customs and trade personnel, procurement of some IT infrastructure and review of the legislation.
During the second phase – Pilot Site Implementation for Cargo Control
dealt with the implementation strategy being defined, pilot site renovation/configurations was done, installation of IT infrastructure (networking, equipment), training for end users started, ASYCUDA World testing at the pilot site and also in that phase, ASYCUDA World operations went live but only for the Manifest functions.
During phase three – Pilot Site Implementation Clearance Process.
At that time there was the installation of additional IT infrastructure, additional training for end users and more testing at the pilot site for the other modules of the system.
During the fourth phase – Roll out / full deployment.
Here all the customs sites were configured to accommodate the new processes and system operations, Installation of additional IT infrastructure, more training for staff and Live operations of the other modules at the pilot site and more testing at all other sites
During the fifth and final stage- Consolidation and sustainability/support. Here ASYCUDA World operations went live in all sites, System’s technical documentation, implementation of IT contingency and recovery procedures and preparation of final reports.