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Zimbabwe emerges a regional beacon

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

AN Angolan delegation which is on a bench-marking tour in Zimbabwe has been impressed by the country’s border infrastructure, immigration and custom processes.

The 11-member delegation, which arrived in Victoria Falls this week, has been to various ports of entry including Victoria Falls and Kazungula Border posts where the focus is on streamlining customs and immigration procedures as well as enhancing efficiency at entry points.

The delegation, led by Angolan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto has been impressed by the facilities and efficient immigration processes.

“So, the visit is producing a very productive exchange on ideas and experiences. This is important as we are preparing for a joint commission between Angola and Zimbabwe for this year and areas for cooperation are tourism, health and education. We are also here to see how Angola can prepare for the Okavango Zambezi and KAZA project as we build bilateral and regional integration in the bloc. As Angola we want to develop our borders and it is important to learn more as Zimbabwe has lots of experience. Now we can implement the same in Zimbabwe in Angola,” he said.

Acting Regional Immigration Officer, Mr Trustworth Manatsire disclosed that Zimbabwe is also tapping into Angola’s knowledge, “It’s a very fruitful visit by the Angolans. They are here on a bench-marking exercise to establish the processes of our borders particularly Victoria Falls and Kazungula border posts. We have taken them through the immigration processes and customs clearing processes and so far, they are pleased with what they have seen as we are also learning a lot from them.”

Zimbabwe has been undertaking a massive border modernisation programme, with the Beitbridge Border post project topping the list.

The country is also implementing digital solutions to expedite customs clearance processes.

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