The Minister of Commerce, Trade, and Industry, CHIPOKA MULENGA, claims that the Kasumbalesa Border Post is now more productive.
According to Mr. Mulenga, 485 trucks a day are currently clearing the border, clearing a total of over 700.
He claims that as a result, the whole backlog that had built up on the Kitwe-Kasumbalesa road had been cleared.
According to him, the Kasumbalesa, Mokambo, Sakania, and Kipushi border posts will soon be able to conduct 24-hour border operations thanks to processes being put in place by the Revenue Authorities and all border agencies in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mr. Mulenga stated that during the interim, additional document processing will take place from 20:00 to 06:00 hours while truck entry and leave will take place from 06:00 to 20:00 hours.
The aim, according to him, is to clear at least 800 trucks each day from Zambia for entry into the DRC, and all trucks will be permitted to leave the country by the Kipushi Border.
Mr. Mulenga adds that the border crossing points at Sakania, Mokambo, and Kipushi will be fully operational from 06:00 to 18:00 for all forms of commercial traffic.
Today in Lusaka, Mr. MULENGA spoke at a media briefing.
Mr. Mulenga has signaled the start of the delivery of ICT equipment purchased through the Zambia Border Posts Upgrade Project, which is worth around 179,000 Euros.
The 132 PCs, 15 laptops, and 32 printers will be given to the border checkpoints in Chirundu, Mwami, and Nakonde.
Additionally, DINGANI BANDA, Commissioner General of the Zambia Revenue Authority, praised the government for approving the Sub-Delegation Agreement with COMESA to carry out the Zambia Border Posts Upgrade Project.
This falls under the trade facilitation program, which is sponsored by the 11th European Development Fund of the European Union.
According to Mr. Bana, the assistance provided to border posts will enhance intra-regional trade flows of commodities, people, and services.