Nimule, South Sudan, 21st May 2018: The Government of South Sudan in partnership with TradeMark East Africa have today launched construction works of key infrastructure at the Nimule One Stop Border Post (OSBP) including parking yard, access roads, examination shed and drainage systems. The function was officiated by Hon. Dr. Moses Hassan Tiel, the South Sudan Minister of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs (MoTI&EAC), Undersecretary Ministry of Transport Hon. Capt David Martin Hassan, Undersecretary MoTI&EAC Hon. Agak Achuil Lual, Executive Director South Sudan National Road Authority Eng. Kenyatta Warille and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) South Sudan Country Director John Kalisa among other South Sudan government officials.
The Government of Uganda and the Government of South Sudan signed the agreement for mutual collaboration and partnership in construction of a one stop border post (OSBP) in Elegu/Nimule towns on the Uganda/South Sudan border on 8th November 2016 and today marked the commencement of infrastructure related upgrading, which will ease congestion and improve the border posts by reducing time and costs to clear goods including the humanitarian consignments.
Seyani Brothers, which was contracted to construct the Elegu one stop border post has also been contracted to provide the infrastructure upgrades works at the Nimule OSBP. This symbolises synergies in ways of working between the governments of Uganda and South Sudan.
To a large extent, the construction of the Nimule OSBP will fast track humanitarian consignments and reduce the congestion at the border to enable these consignments reach citizens of South Sudan
The commencement of the construction works will improve market access and fasten border processes, and reporting of various NTBs that traders face along the route. This is expected to promote transparency and accountability among the respective country agencies operating at the borders.
TradeMark East Africa South Sudan Country Director, John Kalisa, mentioned that “In addition to facilitating trade across the border, the Nimule OSBP will also improve mutual interactions, create synergy, unity of purpose and sustainability. “