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Zimbabwe works on one-stop border posts with South Africa

HARARE, (Xinhua) — Zimbabwe says it is planning to convert its major border posts, particularly the one with South Africa, into one-stop border posts to facilitate easy movement of people.

Principal Director for Immigration Clemence Masango told the parliament Tuesday that his agency was considering the move following the successful conversion of the Chirundu Border Post between Zimbabwe and Zambia into a one-stop border post in 2009.

He said at a parliamentary committee that the Chirundu one-stop border post, implemented as a pilot project, had been a success which was now attracting officials from different parts of the continent for study tours.

“We are planning to roll out the project (one-stop border posts) to other border posts such as Beitbridge, Mutare, Plumtree and Nyamapanda,” he said.

These four out of all 35 Zimbabwean border posts facilitate human and traffic movement between the country and South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana.

Masango, however, said infrastructure at Beitbridge Border Post connecting South Africa would first need to be upgraded before it can be turned into a one-stop border post.

The border post is one of the busiest ports of entry not only in Zimbabwe but in the whole of southern Africa as it is Africa’s gateway into and out of South Africa, the continent’s biggest economy.

Masango said the concept of the one-stop border post had been proven to improve efficiency as it reduces bureaucracy thereby facilitating faster processing of travellers’ documents.

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