Nemba border post to boost trade between Rwanda and Burundi

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Nemba border post

Following an agreement between Rwanda and Burundi on one stop cross border trade at Nemba border post, business people from either country have embarked on expanding their business by exploiting this opportunity.

The main objective of the one stop border agreement is to reduce delays of both goods and passengers across borders of the two countries.

Under the one border post, travellers will access services at one spot unlike in the past when documents were processed at two locations in both countries.

Mbazamihigo Fulgence, a Burundi national says that Rwanda remains a strong business partner and that’s why there is always an inflow of many business people from Burundi. Most of them come from Sectors of Bishisha, Murehe, Rwibikara and Rwintonga near Bugesera district.

Eugene Higiro, the representative of business people in Bugesera district who use Nemba border several times says that:

“We used to confront many difficulties when our goods had to pass through this border because it was time consuming in the process of check up to both sides of borders”.

According to Rwanda Revenue Authority which signed the agreement on behalf of the government of Rwanda, the move intends to facilitate the free movement of people and their goods and ease the smooth running of both big and small businesses across the border.

Sebutege Ange, an official from the Rwanda Immigration and Emigration office emphasized that following the agreement, people and goods originating from Rwanda and Burundi will no longer have to be double checked.

Statistics indicate that between 800 and 1000 Burundi national cross to Rwanda every week for business purposes.

The agreement between Rwanda and Burundi on one stop cross border trade is in line with the EAC aspirations of business facilitation that is being expanded to all member states.

 

 

 

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Olive Ndaka is the Junior Editor for RwandaEye. An investor and young entrepreneur, she is a quick learner and has contributed many articles for RwandaEye in Kinyarwanda.

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