GOVT PRESS RELEASE: The Presidents of Uganda and Tanzania, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and John Pombe Magufuli respectively have today launched the Mutukula One Stop Border Post (OSBP).
OSBP is an integrated border system that leads to improved efficiencies through streamlined, coordinated and harmonised procedures under one roof/structure.
In Mutukula, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) officials jointly serve importers, exporters and travellers. This facilitates trade and quick movement of passengers.
President Museveni urged East Africa Community member states to put emphasis on agriculture, industrialisation, information communication technology and public service a tools of economic growth. Trade facilitation, he said, would lead to prosperity for all by enabling border communities to do business. President Magufuli concurred.
TradeMark East Africa, with support from UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Global Affairs Canada, funded its construction and operationalisation at sh19.1bn.
Other OSBPs in Uganda are Mirama Hills connecting Uganda to Rwanda, Busia & Malaba connecting Uganda to Kenya. TradeMark has injected over $117m OSBPs in the region.
Customs initiatives like OSBPs and the Single Customs Territory (SCT) have catapulted growth in volumes of goods cleared through Mutukula from sh384bn in 2013 to sh617bn in 2017 and exports from sh93bn to sh251bn over the same period.
In Tanzania, sh27,776,716,217.00 ($12m) was collected from August 2016 to June 2017, the time during which the Mutukula OSBP has been operational compared to the 2014/2015 when sh18,646,417,015.00 ($8.1m) was collected.
Customs initiatives like OSBP, SCT, Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) and the Uganda Electronic Single Window have increased revenue collection and earned Uganda international recognition.
As a result, Uganda won a bid to host the 4th World Customs Organisation Global Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) conference scheduled for March 2018. It will be the first time it is held in Africa.