The Mirama Hills road route offers a shorter and less difficult route to Rwanda than passing through the Katuna/Gatuna border post. Prolonged waiting times at the Kagitumba/Mirama Hills border posts which is a major contributor to high transport costs can be attributed to insufficient quality and quantity of technical equipment and complicated procedures focused on centralized control, and multiple border organizations working in isolation. This leads to inconsistencies in the way goods are handled on a day-to-day basis, resulting in poor revenue collection, and poor phyto-sanitary and standards management.
The project focuses on setting up the institutional and legal framework necessary for increasing collaboration in border management at inter-agency and bilateral levels, reviewing and implementing one stop border post procedures, training border agency officials, and installing ICT networks, hardware, furniture and equipment.
TMEA is providing funding and technical support to facilitate implementation of integrated border management systems at Taveta border post jointly with the border agencies.
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A reduction in the total average time it takes to clear cargo at the Kagitumba / Mira Hills border posts by 30 per cent, which will in turn contribute to reducing transport costs and increase in intra-regional and foreign trade in the East Africa.