Modern and Efficient Border Controls: The Theory of One Stop Border Posts (OSBP) and Lessons Learnt on the Chirundu One Stop Border Post Project

In its quest to advance its ongoing regional integration efforts, COMESA has made Chirundu the pilot for the introduction of one stop border posts in the region. This followed a May 2005 Council of Ministers decision in Kigali, Rwanda in which theCOMESA Secretariat was directed to establish OSBPs in the region. The one-stop border post model at Chirundu is being supported by DFID and JICA who have committed resources to the project in order to facilitate legitimate trade in the region. There is no doubt that Chirundu OSBP project will serve as a model for other OSBPs in the region and other parts of Africa.

Regional Trade Facilitation Programme (RTFP)


Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here