Following the successes and efficiency achieved on the Chirundu OSBP
, Tanzania has announced it will develop its own OSBP
through a public private partnership program.
Estimates of the average border crossing time for commercial vehicles before the implementation of the OSBP range from two to nine days, and it could take up to 20 days for cargo trucks to be cleared at the border.
Despite some initial success, Chirundu OSBP has not been immune to sporadic episodes of dysfunction, and the recent delays and subsequent chaos at the border were not isolated incidents.
The joint committee established at this meeting found that the delays were a result of increased commercial traffic passing through the border and the fact that Chirundu OSBP was only open to commercial traffic between 8am and 5pm, and not 2,4 hours a day like the Beitbridge border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Based on the successes and effectiveness of the Chirundu OSBP
, Tanzania has this year announced plans to develop their own OSBP
under the public private partnership (PPP) mode.
An EAC statement said the tentative scheduled released during a recent mutual meeting between Tanzania and Burundi at Gitega in Burundi could see the OSBP
operations on pilot basis being launched as early as 7th June, 2014.
The OSBP concept was introduced more than 60 years ago in western Europe and is also found between the USA and Canada, in Asia and South America.
In Africa, the OSBP concept has received wide endorsement from regional bodies such as SACU, SADC, COMESA, the East African Community, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union).
These bilateral negotiations will lead to the conclusion of agreements between Namibia and the respective neighbouring countries on the OSBP arrangements.
The Bilateral Agreement allows the countries to adopt the OSBP concept while awaiting the OSBP law, which is in the offing.
The OSBP operations on a pilot basis could be launched as early as June 7, 2014, as per the tentative schedule released at a recent mutual meeting between Tanzania and Burundi in the town of Gitega, Burundi.
At a March 26, 2007 awards banquet in Orlando, executives from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support presented awards to 15 companies, with House of Batteries the only battery supplier to receive the OSBP