DCC Stakeholders Meet for Cross-Border Facilitation
The Dar es Salaam Corridor Committee held a stakeholders conference in the last week of July 2016 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Stakeholders were drawn from both the public and private sectors. All member states namely, DRC, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia were represented. Among the issues discussed during the stakeholders meetings were One Stop Border Posts (OSBP), Electronic Cargo Monitoring, Simplified Trade Regime (STG), Customs Data Exchange, Single Window Systems, Joint Border operation Committees and other transport and trade facilitation matters.
Progress reports on agreed activities from the previous stakeholders meeting in Lusaka on improvement of signage and electronic cargo monitoring were presented. Malawi reported progress towards full implementation of the electronic cargo monitoring system while DRC and Zambia were still at pilot stage. The system was reported to be already operational on the corridor in Tanzania.
Signage was also reported to have generally improved at the corridor border posts. This was especially true for Kasumbalesa, Mwami and Nakonde. Further improvements in signage are expected after construction of the OSBP facility at Kasumulu, Songwe and Tunduma. Construction works for OSBP have started with widening of the road leading to the Tunduma border point and clearance of the structures to pave way for the construction of an OSBP facility. The OSBP project works are yet to commence at Kasumulu/Songwe, Mchinji/Mwami and Kasumbalesa.