By John Nhandara
Treasury is convinced the upgrade and modernisation of the Beitbridge boarder post will facilitate regional trade and increase the country’s revenue inflows.
Finance and Economic Development Deputy Minister, Honourable Clement Chiduwa said the project is in sync with ease of doing business reforms especially in facilitating trade on the North – South corridor within the SADC region.
“Within SADC, Beitbridge is the busiest boarder. We have done rehabilitation of the boarder within the context of ease of doing business, thus we have dealt with problems of inefficiencies. As Treasury, this is a project that is going to assist us on revenue collection,” he said.
The establishment of a stand-alone freight terminal for commercial traffic has been endorsed by transport operators as a necessary move in eliminating unnecessary delays at the port of entry.
Mr Wilfred Ramwi, the general manager of the Transport Operators Association of Zimbabwe noted, “The upgrade has come with improvements notably on the separation of traffic. We have a stand-alone terminal and where we used to spend three days at the border, we now spending a few hours.”
Beitbridge boarder post is one of the busiest ports of entry in sub-Saharan Africa, with a capacity to handle 600 000 passengers and 30 000 commercial trucks per month prior to its rehabilitation.