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 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 for the development of an integrated border management platform and is supporting the lead agencies to implement the project on time and ensure quality.
A reduction in the total average time it takes to clear cargo, from the point a truck reaches a queue at the first border post to leaving the second border post, which will in turn contribute to reducing trade costs in East Africa.