KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Kenyan
counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, jointly commissioned the Busia
one-stop border post (OSBP) on Saturday, enabling faster cargo
clearing between the two countries.
The Busia OSBP added
to entry and exit points already operating under the Coordinated
Border Management Concept (CBMC).
border post is the second busiest entry point in Uganda,
approximately 200 km east of Kampala and 431 km west of Nairobi,
The border handles
transit traffic to and from the Great Lakes Region of Uganda,
Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and
said the one stop border post arrangement is expected to allow
freer movement of people between the two neighboring countries.
He, however, warned
border officials against inhibiting cross-border movements,
adding that the OSPB comes in handy in spurring regional trade.
such as OSBP, would result into prosperity because it allows the
border communities as well as the two countries to do business
and create wealth among themselves,” Museveni said.
The Busia OSBP will
bring together immigration and customs officials from two
neighboring countries under one roof at border crossing points.
Authority (URA) and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials will
jointly attend to importers, exporters and travellers from
either side of the border under one roof.
This means that
transit goods, passengers, travellers and exports exiting
through Busia to either Kenya or Uganda, stop once for clearance
by immigration and customs officials and not twice or even
multiple times as it was the case before the OSBP came into
The project was
funded by TradeMark East Africa, with support from UK’s
Department for International Development (DFID) and Global
Affairs Canada to the tune of 5.3 million U.S. dollars.
Other OSBPs in
Uganda are Mirama Hills, Cyanika and Katuna connecting Uganda to
Rwanda, Malaba connecting Kenya to Uganda and Mutukula
connecting Uganda to Tanzania.
TradeMark has so far
injected more than 117 million dollars in constructions of the
OSBPs in the region.
Speaking during the
launch, the Uganda Revenue Authority acting Commissioner
General, Henry Martin Saka, said following the completion the
six OSBPs, they now focus on developing those at the border with
DR Congo and South Sudan.