KEPSA Head of Policy and Research analysis, Mr. Victor Ogalo, joined other private sector members from both Kenya and Uganda at the Busia- Malaba bilateral site visit with Kenyan and Ugandan authorities from both countries to assess the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) operations from 8th -9th August 2018.
Busia OSBP operations commenced in July 2016. It was jointly launched by H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and H. E: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda in February, 2018.
The time and traffic survey was conducted in June/July 2017 and Busia OSBP border crossing time reduced by an average of 55 times from 1hour 26 Minutes in 2011 (baseline) to 39 Minutes in June/July, against a target of at Ieast 30%.
Border Users’ Satisfaction Level has increased to an average of 80% against a target of 70%. Between 2011 and early 2018, total traffic count of buses and tracks cleared at the Busia border has improved from 2,644 tracks/buses to 3,324.
An OSBP is a “one stop” form of border crossing point jointly managed by adjoining partner states, where multiple border agencies cooperate and collaborate with each other and effectively coordinate their activities to maximise their operational efficiency.
OSBP arrangement brings together under one roof, all the government agencies performing border crossing controls procedures, doing away with need for motorised traffic and persons to undergo clearance twice at both sides of the border. This arrangement expedites movement, release and clearance of goods and persons across borders, by streamlining border procedures, automation of the border processes and simplification of trade documents.