(Xinhua) -- The newly operational One
Stop Border Post (OSBP) facilities at the Rwanda-Ugandan border
at Kagitumba, Nyagatare district has reduced clearance time by
25 percent, officials said.
An OSBP is a "one stop"
form of border crossing point jointly managed by neighboring
countries, with officials from host and neighboring country
sitting under one roof on either side of the border.
This allows travelers to stop only once at the country of
destination, where their travel or other documents are stamped
both exit (from country of origin official) and entry (by
country of destination official) at the same time, thus the "One
This eliminates double clearing and enables cross border
trade documentation to be done on the order side of destination
thus reducing time it takes to cross border.
A survey in March 2016, established that total clearing time
at the border already reduced by 25 percent from 5 hours to 3:45
hours within 3 months of operation.
Time reductions are estimated to hit 30 percent by June 2017,
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) said in a statement Tuesday.
"Never in my life did I imagine anything like this would
happen. Clearance is just easy," said Joseph Manzi, a Rwandan
who lives in Nyagatare, a border town, and has done small
cross-border business for about ten years.
Further, various initiatives are being undertaken to
popularize the border crossing to attract 60 percent of Northern
Corridor, according to officials.
To improve physical connectivity, two bridges were
constructed with one serving cargo and passengers going to
Uganda and the second serving those entering Rwanda.