Kenya and Tanzania have opened the ultra-modern Holili/Taveta border post to facilitate regional trade. The Sh1 billion investments was launched recently and is the first one to be operated among the 13 one-stop border posts in East Africa and South Sudan, with funding from Trademark East Africa.
Labor Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie and Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Mahiga said the unveiling of the facility marked a milestone in facilitating regional cross-border trade. Speaking at Holili in Tanzania, the two officials said the facility will reduce the cost of doing business by 40% and accelerate regional integration and economic growth among the East African member states.
“The facility will have an immediate impact on the citizens of the two countries and it will create signage of purpose,” said Ms Kandie. “We are realizing the deepening and widening of the EA integration process. The facility will reduce time taken in business transactions,” she said.
Noting that non-tariff barriers remained a major challenge across the borders, Kandie said the facility will enhance integrated border management to increase the free flow of movement and goods and the move will improve the co-operation between Tanzania and Kenya.
Theo Lymo, a director at Trademark East Africa, said border officials had been trained to implement procedures for the facility, and customs clearing agents had also been familiarized with the new rules. He continued that the facility was not the only project they were undertaking adding that Trademark was also modernizing the ports of Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam.
He said the organization was also supporting the establishment of single-windows trade systems, harmonization of standards, removal of non-tariff barriers, and development of the single customs territory, among others.