Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

COMESA, Tanzania Signs €2.7 million sub-delegation Agreement to upgrade Tunduma Border Post

The COMESA Secretariat and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania have jointly signed an agreement that sub-delegates the implementation of coordinated border management activities and construction of a border market at the Tunduma Tanzania-Zambia Border Post. The European Union allocated a total of EUR 2.7 million to this initiative under the COMESA Small-Scale Cross Border Trade Initiative (SSCBTI) and Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), respectively.  Upgrading the Tunduma border post feeds into the framework of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Agreement, whose main objective is the creation of a single economic area.

The progressive removal of trade barriers will facilitate trade and increase formal small scale trade flows between the two countries. Through the sub-delegation agreement, the United Republic of Tanzania will also receive support in the development of improved and harmonized regulatory frameworks and procedures at its border crossing with Zambia. In concrete terms, activities will focus on upgrading priority cross-border infrastructure and the procurement of equipment, which is needed to improve cross-border trade and transport facilitation at the Tunduma border post. The project will also support capacity building of border agencies and national stakeholders on coordinated border management, customs valuation, harmonized system classification, setting up and management of Joint Border Committees, risk management and “One Stop Border Post” procedures.

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