Zimbabwe, Zambia plan one-stop border post in Victoria Falls


Neighboring countries Zimbabwe and Zambia are close to finalizing a bilateral agreement to set up a one-stop border post (OSBP) in the resort town of Victoria Falls, a senior Zimbabwe government official said Monday.

The one-stop border post was temporarily operational in 2013 during the United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly, co-hosted by the two countries.

That arrangement was meant to facilitate easy movement of people and to expedite clearance during the high-level event.

State-run news agency New Ziana quoted permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Abigail Shonhiwa, as saying that talks for the establishment of the border post between the two countries had begun.

“The Border Efficiency and Management Systems technical committee has to date initiated engagement with Zambia toward the establishment of an OSBP at Victoria Falls border and the proposed bilateral agreement and procedures manual are being finalized,” Shonhiwa said.

Zimbabwe already has a one-stop border post at its border with Zambia in Chirundu, which was set up in 2009. Clearance procedures, which once had to take up to 15 days, were cut to a matter of hours.

Monthly revenue collection has also improved, rising from 10 million U.S. dollars in 2009 to 20.3 million dollars in 2012. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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