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Assessing the reliability of counterparts in international transactions: the Kenyan i-Screen system

The i-Screen Kenya portal is a solution developed in Kenya by Kentrade (a state-agency under the National Treasury and Ministry of Finance that is mandated to facilitate cross border trade), to offer the Kenyan trading community a web-based tool for assessing the reliability of potential trading partners abroad so to minimize cases of frauds in international transactions.

I-Screen is an online system that allows traders to conduct compliance checks through a 24-hour available platform on potential partners, vendors and customers in other countries abroad. Data available on the platform is gathered from databases and watch lists of sources such as Interpol and FBI or other individual government sources. Kenya, on the other hand, currently has not yet developed any watch list of risky businesses, even though plans are underway to develop it.

More specifically, data on i-Screen are extracted from lists of entities already sanctioned or classified as “high risk” because known to have committed fraud, or are wanted and/or convicted, or are known to have traded illegally in the past. Conversely, the system does not allow to screen the trustworthiness of individuals or politically exposed persons.

The charges for using the i-Screen system depend on the category of user (i.e Individual, Bank, insurance, commercial or Digital Agent Cyber), and can be accessed directly on the Website.

 

 

 

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