Jun 13, 2021

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Moyale starts operating as a one stop border crossing point

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– Today Moyale Border starts operating as a One Stop Border Post (OSBP.) . ) when the government border control officers from Kenya and Ethiopia got together to start operations. This means that the border control officers who handle traffic, cargo and people from both Ethiopia and Kenya are now physically moving and sitting next to each other on both sides of the border, where they complete the exit and entry formalities together and / or one after the other. The officials carried out site visits and inspections of border facilities as part of the start of OSBP operations.

The move follows the official start of Moyale
OSBP in December 2020, by S.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and H.E. Prime
Ethiopia’s Minister Abiy Ahmed. This step is one step closer to achieving that
Aim to boost trade between the two neighboring states exponentially, there
as well as promoting regional and economic integration between East African
and regions in the Horn of Africa. Moyale is the only official border crossing point
between Ethiopia and Kenya.

A fully functional OSBP is expected to reduce
the border crossing time by at least 30 percent in order to achieve a faster transport of
Cargo and people. A baseline survey by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) in 2017
states that it takes an average of 21 hours and 52 minutes (Kenya-Ethiopia) and
12.5 hours (Ethiopia-Kenya) for a truck to cross the border.

In a speech at the opening session, Mr. Mengistu Tefera, Ethiopia’s Head of Delegation and Special Advisor to the Commissioner General of the Ethiopian Customs Commission, said: “The people in Ethiopia and Kenya deserve to link their economic and social relations according to the principle of mutual benefit. The establishment of the OSBP will play an important role in improving cross-border trade and the free movement of people. My sincere compliments to all those involved who have successfully established this OSBP. And the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya for their political commitment to make the project a reality. ”For his part, Kennedy Nyaiyo, Kenya’s head of delegation and secretary of the Kenyan Border Management Secretariat, said:“ Today in cooperation with both governments, development partners; the legal framework, construction, provision of office infrastructure and ICT technology as well as solar power from Moyale are met and ready for operation. Let’s use the OSBP and explore its possibilities to facilitate trade between Ethiopia and Kenya. “

Abenet Bekele, Deputy Country Director of TMEA Ethiopia, said:” The Moyale OSBP is an important milestone for Ethiopia in consolidating its position as a major player in trade in the Horn and East Africa region and setting a positive precedent for other similar projects at key border points in the country. The OSBP will improve efficiency by reducing time and transportation costs for business people, traders, tourists, transport companies and communities when crossing from one partner state to another. “

His counterpart, TMEA Kenya Program Manager, Mr. Daniel Muturi, congratulated the two governments on the great achievement. He said: “We have already seen a momentum created by the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopian (LAPSSET) corridor with the opening of the first berth at Lamu Port. Moyale’s OSBP will be an important catalyst for improving trade on the trans-African motorway in order to accelerate socio-economic change for both countries. ”

The project was supported by partners under. implemented
the integrated border management component including the Ethiopian customs
Joint Commission, Border Management Secretariat and Kenya Revenue Authority
border regulation with the other government of Kenya and the government of Ethiopia
Agencies and TradeMark East Africa. The development of Moyale OSBP is complemented by
the development of other infrastructure projects such as B. a bitumen standard 438
Kilometers of road from the Merille River to Moyale in Kenya and 300 kilometers of roads
Sections in Ethiopia, with the support of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB),
European Union, Government of Kenya and Government of Ethiopia.

The OSBP will improve the free movement of people and goods between the two countries; and in combination with other initiatives should help to increase the volume of trade. Kenya’s exports to Ethiopia in 2019 were valued at $ 67 million, while Ethiopia’s exports to Kenya were valued at $ 52.05 million and are expected to increase significantly with internationalization.

An OSBP is an instrument used to facilitate trade at land borders between two neighboring countries. It refers to simplified and harmonized legal and institutional framework conditions, facilities and related coordinated procedures and processes. The OSBP enables goods, people and vehicles that cross a border to stop only once in the country of entry, in which they go through the necessary official controls in accordance with the applicable regional and national laws in order to leave the neighboring state and enter the host state. < / p>

It includes an “inclusive and advisory overall government approach” through the creation of an overall system that enables economic actors to go through the border crossing and entry formalities only once in the country of entry. This shortens the clearance time at border crossing points. OSBPs promote a coordinated and integrated approach to facilitating trade, movement of people and improving safety.