The Permanent Secretary, Bageya Waiswa presided over the hand over of the first phase of Katuna One Stop Border Post to the lead Agency, Uganda Revenue Authority.
The Katuna OSBP links Uganda to Rwanda and is the sixth OSBP implemented to facilitate trade in the region, promote prosperity and regional integration.
The Uganda Revenue Authority Acting Commissioner Customs, Mr Abel Kagumire received the keys to the Katuna One Stop Border Post (OSBP) officially bringing the number of operational OSBPs in Uganda to Six.
An OSBP is a border facility that combines two stops for national border control processing into one thereby consolidating border control functions in a shared space for exiting one country and entering another significantly cutting down on time spent in cargo clearance across borders.
The permanent Secretary remarked that the Government has allocated six billion for the construction of Phase II. The second phase of the project encompasses tarmacking of the No-mans land road, the parking area and fencing off the border post. Katuna OSBP joins Mutukula, Busia, Malaba, Elegu and Mirama Hills OSBPs in a move that can only guarantee enhanced trade facilitation for Ugandan traders and for those in the great lakes region