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Nam, Zambia make headway on One-stop Border Post

Mon, 13 April 2015 12:17
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
News Flash

Namibian and Zambian are at an
advanced stage of negotiations
over the creation of a stop border
post at Wenella in Katima Mulilo
reminiscent of the one between Zimbabwe and
Zambia.
The creation of the one stop border facility
will smoothen traffic flow to Congo DRC and
Zimbabwe to this border post.
A One Stop Border Post (OSBP) is where
people, vehicles, and goods make a single
stop to exit one country and enter another and
generally, its application includes simplification
of documents and procedures and greater use of
Information Communication Technology.
This is in connection with the Southern
Africa Development Community (SADC)
recommendations stating that there is a need
to construct an OSBP between Namibia,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and
Zambia to allow for free movement of cargo as
well as promote inter-regional tourism.
This OSBP negotiations that have been
on-going for the past few months is part of
the Namibia and Zambia joint permanent
commission. Namibia secured a cabinet
approval in 2012 that gave the two countries
a go ahead to introduce the OSBP hence
establishing high-level discussions.
Zambia High Commission’s First Secretary
of Political and/or administration, Lombe
Kachingwe confirmed in an interview with The
Villager that Namibia and Zambia are busy
with high-level discussions to create a One-stop
border post at the border of Katima Mulilo.
He affirmed that it would mean when goods
are being exported and imported between
Namibia and Zambia, they will be cleared in
either Zambia and allowed freely in Namibia or
vice versa.
“After these goods have been cleared in
either one of the countries, they would be
allowed in the next country, this goods will
then be allowed to flow into the other country
without extra charges,” said Kachingwe.
Kachingwe said when the imports or exports
are being transported from one country to the
other, a fee or the normal charges will be paid
at the border of one of the countries(either
Namibia or Zambia depending from which
country the goods are travelling from) and after
this, they will avoid paying charges in the other
country.
“The discussions are done between the
Customs department at the Ministry of Finance,
the Customs department at the Ministry of
Industrialization, Trade and SME Development
and the with the Ministry of International
Relations and Corporation,” he said.
Kachingwe added that after Namibia
secured a Cabinet approval, Zambia
accepted Namibia’s proposal for high-level
negotiations for the two teams to spearhead
the establishment of the One-Stop Border post
at the Katima Mulilo and Zambia One-Stop
Border Post, the Wenella Border.
He noted that Trade between Namibia and
Zambia are worth N$160 million, these are
the goods that are exported from Zambia into
Namibia.
“Zambia mainly exports agricultural
products; maize, cereals and stock feed and
Timber and from Namibia, it imports Fish,
Salt and Cement amongst other goods,” said
Kachingwe.
Kachingwe further acknowledged that
Namibia provided Zambia with good roads and
gave it (Zambia) a dry port.
Meanwhile, in 2009, a new border facility
was completed at Wanella, the Namibia-
Zambia border and in addition, along the Trans-
Caprivi Corridor, a three days transit time was
achieved to Zambia from the Port of Walvis
Bay along the Trans-Caprivi Corridor.
At the same time, and finally, in 2009 a
Memorandum of Understanding between
Namport and the Zambian Government was
signed on the Zambia Dry Port in Port of
Walvis Bay.
In 2006, Namibia and Zambia border posts
got automated using the Auto-mated System
of Customs Documentation (ASYCUDA++)
system and at the same time, the Walvis Bay
Corridor Group opens first branch office in
Lusaka, Zambia.
In terms of the SADC recommendations,
Namibia and Angola also initiated discussions
to ensure the efficient cross-border movement
of goods between the two countries, with the
creation of a one-stop border post as one of the
possible solutions on the cards.
The OSBP is not the only discussions
between the Namibian and Zambian
governments, the two governments are also
involved in the construction of the Sesheke-
Mulobezi-Kaoma-Copperbelt road that is
expected to help grow both economies’ revenue
by 15% on top of the existing growth.
This route would provide a faster and
shorter trade route between Walvis Bay/
Windhoek and the Copperbelt region of
Zambia as well bring Namibia closer to the
DRC market.
Since most of the discussions are taking
place between the Customs and Excise
Department at the Ministry of Finance (MoF),
the Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein
could however not comment as his phone went
unanswered on all the occasions of which he
afterwards sent a text message to say he was in
a workshop.
“Sorry, I can’t talk right now. I am in
a workshop for the whole day. I therefore
suggest that you call again on Monday,” said
Schlettwein.