WBCG ELATED BY ONE STOP BORDER POST BILL PASS

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group in a news statement on its website this week welcomed the passing of the One-Stop Border Posts Control Bill. Namibia has several trade corridors that link the port of Walvis Bay as import- and export hub to markets in neighbouring countries.
However, smooth import and export trade can only take place if and border posts between Namibia and her neighbours have unified border clearance paperwork in place. This new legislation paves the way to implement standardised procedures between Namibia and neighbouring Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.
The news statement reads: “The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has welcomed the One-Stop Border Posts Control Bill recently passed in the National Assembly. Finance Minister, Honourable Calle Schlettwein, who tabled the Bill, stated that One-Stop Border Posts indeed have the potential to improve trans-border traffic in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and with regards to law enforcement. “As a result, it can curb illicit trade and act as a better gate keeper at our borders”, he stated.
A One-Stop Border Post is an arrangement between countries, which unifies border clearance documents in order to facilitate the smooth movement of people and goods across countries. WBCG Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johny Smith says this Bill will reduce border clearance time between Namibia and its neighbouring countries. “Sometimes border delays and double handling of goods passing through the borders take up too much time. This concept is critical for increasing trade, economic development and regional integration”, he said.
Mr. Smith explains that the although the initial plan was to first implement the project on the Botswana – Namibia border at Buitepos, the One-Stop Border concept is expected to be implemented with Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia as well. The significant benefit of this Bill falls from more effective border clearing and reduced replication of border agency interventions, which in turn will improve trade competitiveness.
The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has welcomed the One-Stop Border Posts Control Bill recently passed in the National Assembly. Finance Minister, Honourable Calle Schlettwein, who tabled the Bill, stated that One-Stop Border Posts indeed have the potential to improve trans-border traffic in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and with regards to law enforcement. “As a result, it can curb illicit trade and act as a better gate keeper at our borders”, he stated.
A One-Stop Border Post is an arrangement between countries, which unifies border clearance documents in order to facilitate the smooth movement of people and goods across countries. WBCG Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johny Smith says this Bill will reduce border clearance time between Namibia and its neighbouring countries. “Sometimes border delays and double handling of goods passing through the borders take up too much time. This concept is critical for increasing trade, economic development and regional integration”, he said.
Mr. Smith explains that the although the initial plan was to first implement the project on the Botswana – Namibia border at Buitepos, the One-Stop Border concept is expected to be implemented with Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia as well. The significant benefit of this Bill falls from more effective border clearing and reduced replication of border agency interventions, which in turn will improve trade competitiveness”.

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