The Zambian and Tanzanian governments have officially launched the Tunduma-Nakonde One Stop Border post, today.
The commissioning of the 14 billion Tanzanian Shilling One – Stop Border post whose agreement was initially signed in August 2010 cements the relationship that exists between the two people.
In his address, President Edgar Lungu , who recognised the importance that the One Stop Border Post will have on the two neighbouring countries, noted that the Tunduma-Nakonde Border has the largest trade flow of transit trucks in the SADC region.
Noting the need for enhanced trade at the border area, the President added that he was confident that with the long standing relationship that the two countries share, which dates back to the pre-colonial area.
“This commissioning of the one stop border post will boost intra country as well as intra-regional trade, for the benefit of the two sister countries, “ said President Lungu.
And President Lungu has called on Zambia Revenue Authority ( ZRA ) officers manning the border area to allow for a smooth trade environment, which allows the Small Scale business Traders to grow their business.
With the signed simplified trade agreement in 2017, tremendous progress has been made, in terms of growing trade in the border area.
President Lungu however called for concerted efforts towards addressing border challenges, adding that it was now expectant of officers manning the area to fully understand the essence of having the OSBP and allow for a smooth trade environment, without leaving anyone behind.
Meanwhile President Lungu has commended the Tanzanian government for the infrastructure development, that has also benefited the Zambian people.
He pledged the authority’s commitment towards ensuring that trade facilitation initiatives are enhanced across the SADC region.
And Tanzanian President John Magufuli has called for concerted efforts and collaboration in order to promote trade between the two countries.
Dr. Magufuli also reiterated the need to ensure that trade is conducted freely, in order to enhance economic growth in the SADC region.
He further called on both Zambian and Tanzanian residents to make good use of the trade facility, cautioning everyone to however ensure that border rights are respected and representative of the laws binding the two countries.
The One Stop Border Post allows people from the two countries to conduct trade with less bureaucracy, and lessened time of wait when conducting business.