Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Uhuru Kenyatta will on February 24 officially commission the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Busia, an event expected to be attended by politicians, businessmen and residents from both sides of the border.
The Busia border, shared between Uganda and Kenya, is one of the busiest in East Africa, with an average of 894 vehicles crossing per day. In 2011, the time to cross the border was variable taking between a few hours and up to five days. Delays create extra costs for traders.
The US$5.5m project was implemented by The Kenya National Highway Agency (KNHA) and Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT).
The one-stop border post at Busia opened in early 2016, paving the way for speedy clearances of goods moving within the main trade corridor between Uganda and Kenya.
The Busia OSBP is one other similar projects that have been built in the region with the Support of Trade Mark East Africa. The projects are expected to reduce the time to transport goods across the Busia border, which in turn will contribute to reducing trade costs in East Africa.
Some other One Stop Border Posts in East Africa have been built at Malaba (Uganda/Kenya), Katuna (Uganda/Rwanda), Mutukula (Uganda/Tanzania), Rusumo (rwanda/Tanzania) and Namanga (Kenya/Tanzania).