Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta will this Saturday 24th February officially launch the Busia One Stop Border Post (OSBP).
OSBP is an integrated border system that leads to improved efficiencies through streamlined, coordinated and harmonised procedures under one roof/structure.
Under the One-Stop Border Post framework, border agencies of two given countries sharing a common border and involved in clearance of goods and persons operate under one roof, with traffic crossing the border only stopping at one side of the border.
The construction of the physical infrastructures for Busia OSBP started in August 2013 and was completed in May 2016 on the Ugandan side; and started in April 2012 and was completed in July 2017 on the Kenyan side.
Other OSBPs around Uganda include Mirama Hills connecting Uganda to Rwanda, Malaba connecting Uganda to Kenya.
TradeMark East Africa – TMEA with support from UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and partners has developed “15 OSBPs in East Africa including South Sudan and has invested about USD 117 million in OSBPs and access roads. Estimates of benefits show a return of about about 30 for every dollar invested.”