Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Saturday commissioned the new Busia One Stop Border Post along the common border of Uganda and Kenya.
According to Kenyatta, the infrastructure project will ease the movement of people and goods across the two countries for the prosperity of their people.
Improved physical border infrastructure, harmonised working procedures, fast customs processing and information sharing will reduce waiting times at the border, according to State House Uganda.
Speaking at the event, Frank Matsaert, the Chief Executive Officer of Trade Mark East African said the borders are an important part of a country when it comes to improving the agricultural and trade sectors.
He thanked President Museveni for making this facility happen and Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde for taking up the initiative.
“It takes a lot of political will to do this,” he added. He said time taken to do trade in East Africa is going to be saved.
“The completion of the Busia-Busia One Stop Border Post is a great achievement for the two, Republic of Uganda & the Republic of Kenya.”
Minister Kyambadde, on her part, thanked both Museveni and Kenyatta for allowing the two countries to make the concept a reality.
“It has strengthened integration in East Africa and streamlining trade, standards but also reducing time taken on the borders.”
Of all One Stop Border Posts, the one of Busia is the busiest, Kyambadde noted. This, apart from promoting trade, does the same for tourism.
“The trade profit and benefits between Uganda and Kenya have improved over the last Financial Years.”