The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget and Finance says the country should move with speed in setting up relevant infrastructure at the Kazungula one stop border post project which has been identified as critical in enhancing economic activities and boosting trade within the SADC region.
The legislators who were on a week-long tour of some of the major border posts in the country which include Beitbridge and Plumtree wrapped their familiarisation visit with a tour of Kazungula border post which is fast emerging as one of the busiest entry points.
After assessing the Kazungula border post and the 253 million dollar Kazungula bridge which is under construction, the lawmakers commended government for the decision to join Zambia and Botswana in the implementation of the one stop border and called for urgency in the setting up of relevant infrastructure in order for Zimbabwe to fully participate under the tripartite project.
This project remains important for trade facilitation in the region and the country needs to move with speed in putting necessary infrastructure.
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget and Finance Chairperson Mr Felix Mhona says given the strategic role of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, ZIMRA the committee recommends the modernisation and expansion of infrastructure at Beitbridge and Kazungula in order to enhance efficiency and to minimise leakages.
ZIMRA board Chairperson Dr Calisto Jokonya says the revenue authority is committed to increase revenue adding that the entity has prioritised modernisation of its systems and enhancing good governance.
We need to put in place modern systems which will enhance efficiency and reduce leakages at the port of entry.
As part of recommendations the lawmakers highlighted the need for Zimbabwe to take full advantage of its strategic location within the SADC region to become a regional transportation hub, urgent construction of staff quarters at Kazungula border post, prioritisation of the Beitbridge road dualisation and putting in place measures to minimise revenue leakages.