Tanzania-Burundi One Stop Border Post opens

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The Kobero-Kabanga border linking Tanzania and Burundi

The construction of a One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Kabanga and Kobero along the Burundi-Tanzania frontier is on the final phase of completion. The two countries will be among the first East African states to operate a One Stop Border Post.

Tanzania and Burundi signed a bilateral agreement in 2011 which led to the construction of the border post. This was to enable easy movement of people and goods across the boarder. The bilateral agreement signed enables the two countries to implement the OSBP concept while waiting for the compilation of relevant laws to govern the system.

The two border towns are now linked due to the completion of the construction of temporary structures and the installation of ICT systems, with the support from TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

The OSBP operations could start as early as June 7, 2014 on pilot basis. This is according to an EAC statement on the tentative timetable released during a recent bi-lateral meeting between Tanzania and Burundi at Gitega in Burundi.

The border serves 50 to 70 trucks on a daily basis. Once completed the post will be a relief to the traders and travelers from the two countries since they will only make a one stop for customs clearance instead of stopping twice.

TMEA’s Manager for OSBPs Israel Sekirasa told participants at the bilateral meeting who visited the border on 14 May, 2014 that the construction of the OSBP at Kabanga is expected to be completed by December 2014.

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