It now takes only five minutes for travellers, especially those involved in cross-border trade to clear their goods at
The reduction in time follows the construction of the OSBP where officials from both countries sit under the same roof to clear the travel documents for those entering the two countries.
The project funded by the
Before the implementation of the project, immigration offices were distant from each other and this led to unnecessary delays at both borders since travellers had to clear on either side of the border.
Beneficiaries told Dr
Jean Paul Ntabareshyi, who owns a shop at the border said he can now cross and import goods from
"There was a lot of bureaucracy at the border. I used to take over two hours trying to clear my goods. I can now move freely because the immigration and customs officials are under the same roof," he said
The trader who imports mineral water (Kinju Water and Aquavie Water) from
John Setumba, a Ugandan who was travelling from
"It would be better if all the borders in the region were operating like Nemba border post. There are some borders like Kagitumba, and Akanyaru where we normally spend over two hours to cross. We need more One-Stop Border Posts in our region to facilitate trade and develop our economies," said Setumba who works with the EAC.
In an interview with The New Times, Kaberuka said the Bank had embarked on the establishment of such border posts to facilitate trade in the region.
He said this will help the continent to compete favourably with other continents in terms of trade.
"We are trying to promote this kind of infrastructure across the continent in order to cut down the cost of doing business," he said.
He added that the Bank had constructed similar projects between
However though the project has facilitated trade in the region, there are still some challenges especially on the Burundian side where the absence of officials of different agencies like
On Rwandan side, the agencies are available while on the Burundian side, there are challenges since some officials have to travel from the capital to come and clear movement of some goods.
Claver Bigirimana, the Burundian official in charge of immigration at the border said they are aware of the challenges, promising that they would be addressed.
According to the Commissioner General of
He said the area also needed to be fenced to prevent people from entering illegally into both countries.
"We are aware of the challenges and we are trying to solve them. All new border posts that we are constructing will have the living quarters," Dr
Some of the OSBP under construction include Kagitumba post and Rusumo, which is between
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