The One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Nimule international cross border town has been opened to boost efficient trade between Uganda and South Sudan.
The USD 5 million (18.3 million Shillings) facility was on Thursday handed over to the Government of South Sudan by Trade Mark East Africa.
It is expected to reduce congestion that has been causing slow movements of people and goods, insufficient technical equipment, duplicated border procedures and non-coordination of the border agencies among others.
The facility has a modern office block to house various government agencies involved in cross border trade that includes; Customs, Immigration, Bureau of Standards, Security Agencies, Ministry of Trade and Health and clearing agents.
Dr James Igga, South Sudan’s Vice President noted that the modern border crossing would greatly speed up cargo clearance and improve service delivery to citizens of South Sudan and the business community.
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives. , Amelia Kyambadde, noted that the improved border post would greatly enhance economic ties between the two East African Countries for sustainable development.
South Sudan is a key market for Uganda’s exports, accounting for USD 239.2 million in 2016, it rose to USD 299.3 million in 2017 and in 2018 it stood at USD 365.9 million according to figures provided by the Uganda Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.