Happening today 24th/02/2018, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni together with H.E Uhuru Kenyatta have opened a “One Stop Border Post” at Busia Customs.
The project has been into implementation from 2011 – 2017 by “The Kenya National Highway Agency (KNHA)” and “Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT)” targeting Importers and exporters in the region of East Africa.
Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) facilitated the funding for this project estimated at $12 million (Sh1.2 billion) from the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and the Global Affairs Canada to particularly fasten movement of goods and services in the East African Region.
This improves physical border infrastructure with Enhanced IT infrastructure at the border; Harmonized working procedures on both sides of the border; and Training for border agency staff, freight forwarders & traders reducing the time to transport goods across the Busia border, which in turn will contribute to reducing trade costs in the East African region.
According to a report by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) in 2011, the Busia border is one of the busiest in East Africa, with an average of 894 vehicles crossing per day yet time to cross the border was variable taking between a few hours and up to five days. Delays create costs for traders.
Figure 1: OIL TANKERS HEADING TO UGANDA QUEUE AT BUSIA BORDER
How this has been realized.
Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) provided funding for the construction of the One Stop Border Posts Program (OSBP) and supported the lead agencies to implement the project on time and ensure quality.
This project combines two national border controls into one thereby reducing the time it takes to clear goods and people across the shared borders. This reduces costs and the overall time taken to transport goods within the entire region.
Résumé: Le traitement conjoint OSBP (Poste frontière unique) a pour but de réduire les coûts de transit encourus lors des mouvements transfrontaliers en combinant les activités des organisations et agences frontalières du pays à un seul endroit commun ou à un seul endroit dans chaque direction sans augmenter risque pour la sécurité publique ou la perception des recettes.