The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is upbeat that the Victoria Falls one stop border post will be operationalised in 2018, with expectations that the development will promote trade facilitation and border efficiency.
Known as the Siamese Twins, Zimbabwe and Zambia have committed themselves to transform the Victoria Falls border post into a one stop border post and in the process ensure increased trade in line with the regional integration drive.
Part of the process will involve the upgrading of the existing infrastructure to meet the new requirements.
“The Border Efficiency Management Systems Technical Committee has finalised the Victoria Falls one stop border post procedures manual while commitment from both governments has been encouraging,” said Mrs Constance Zhanje, the Director in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Engagements with both SADC and COMESA are also being done for the regional blocs to support the initiative.
The Victoria Falls community has welcomed the proposed one stop border post as it is set to reduce the cost of trading, speed up the clearance of tourists and reduce the number of stops incurred in cross border travel.
The government and its partners, who include the African Development Bank (ADB) are currently conducting one stop border post awareness campaigns aimed at raising awareness on the concept in border communities across the country and to solicit for inputs towards effective implementation.