Traders operating between Kenya and Uganda are expected to move goods much faster from early next year when Malaba border post starts operating as a one-stop facility.
The post comprises an administration block, police post, custom booths, verification shed ray room, ablution block, animal house, dog kennels, gate house and an incinerator.
The office is expected to ease movement of goods and services between the two countries by providing all services at a single point.
“The current border post is one of the most utilised inland points in the East African region. It is always characterised by congestion, duplicated efforts and delays in processing of goods. Once the one-stop-border is complete, it will improve efficiency,” said a Kenya National Highways Authority engineer, Mr Paul Omondi, who is overseeing the construction.
The World Bank delegation, led by Director of transport and ICT global practice Jose Luis Irigoyen and Practice Manager transport unit (East and Central Africa) Supee Teravaninthorn urged contractors to ensure work is completed on schedule.
Construction is being undertaken through the East Africa Trade and Transport facilitation project and is jointly funded by the Kenyan Government and the World Bank at about Sh533 million.
Mr Irigoyen said the Malaba facility is part of the bigger project to modernise and establish one-stop-border posts at key crossings in East Africa.
Other border points that are at various stages of construction are Lunga Lunga, Isebania, Busia, Taveta and Namanga.
The centres are expected to enhance transport and logistics services along key corridors by reducing non-tariff barriers and uncertainty in transit time.
Mr Omondi said the overall work completed at Malaba is 84 per cent; Building works is 90 per cent and civil works is 35 per cent.
The border centre will be opened at the end of next month.
Source: Daily Nation