NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian
counterpart John Maghufuli will on Saturday launch a one-stop
border post (OSBP) along the common border.
acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Control, said Thursday
the launch of the border post is set to mark a huge milestone in
trade facilitation across the East African Community (EAC) and
pave way for speedy clearance of goods moving in the main trade
corridor between Kenya and Tanzania, hence more revenue.
“One of the major
scores realized after its establishment has been reduction in
the time taken to clear people and goods from Kenya to Tanzania
and vice versa,” Ochola said in the statement.
“In 2014, for
instance, it took approximately 277 minutes to clear goods
destined for Tanzania from Kenya. This time has now
substantively reduced to about one hour thus saving valuable
time since traders are able to make available their products to
the market within a shorter time,” Ochola said.
The Namanga OSBP is
part of the EAC regional initiative, which is implemented
jointly with Kenya and Tanzania and supported by development
partners and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The Namanga OSBP,
which was first opened in October 2017, ushered in the era of
harmonized border services between the two nations and has since
eradicated the myriad bottlenecks that stood in the way of
efficient service delivery at the facility.
The border post also
boosts the tourism industry for both Kenya and Tanzania, given
that it is the point tourists use to enter either countries
especially during the famous wildebeest migration.
The Namanga post is
among the 13 border posts in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and
Tanzania that have been converted from two-stop border posts
into single premises entity to facilitate movement of people and
goods across the EAC.