EAC to conduct border sensitisation mission

ARUSHA: THE East African Community (EAC) Secretariat is set to conduct a high-level sensitisation mission at selected borders within the region aimed at reviewing the performance of the various One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs).

According to a statement posted on the regional bloc website, the mission is scheduled to commence on Tuesday.

It underscores the EAC’s commitment to fostering cooperation, enhancing trade facilitation, and improving cross-border procedures.

The primary objective of the mission is to follow up on the performance of OSBPs, identify areas for improvement, and assess the implementation of agreed action plans.

Through engagement with various stakeholders including officers in charge of the OSBPs; customs, immigration, standards, and port health officers; as well as representatives of other border agencies, cross-border traders, and local government authorities, the EAC Secretariat aims to address challenges and streamline processes at these critical facilities.

Selected borders and mission dates include Nimule/ Elegu, South Sudan side, Mutukula, Uganda, Rusumo Rwanda side, Kobero/Kabanga, Burundi side and Namanga Tanzania side.

The mission will take place at the respective OSBPs ensuring comprehensive coverage and engagement.

The EAC Secretariat underscores the significance of continuous sensitisation and capacity-building efforts at EAC borders.

Similar missions are planned for other OSBPs in the months of June and July 2024, reaffirming the commitment to enhancing awareness and compliance with cross-border procedures.

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