Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta will Saturday February 24, 2018 officially commission the Busia One Stop Border Post (OSBP).
The concept of the OSBP brings all government agencies from Uganda and Kenya together working under the same Roof to complete all entry and exit formalities for both passenger and cargo under the Coordinated Border Management (CBM) concept where persons and goods stop only once in the country of import, says Ian Rumanyika, the Manager Public & Corporate Affairs at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
“This faster border clearance and limited duplication of border agency interventions facilitates freedom of movement for persons and goods and potentially reducing costs,” Rumanyika said, adding: “Under this concept, procedures are handled in a streamlined manner. In short, a One Stop Border Post is where trucks stop once and not twice.”
He added that the time to clear trucks has dropped by 80%.
“You literally cannot find queues (at Busia border) as it used to be, where we had trucks lined up for 7kms,” he said, adding that it now takes two hours to clear a truck yet it used to take 4-5 days to clear a truck in the past.