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01 June 2018
Three Member States continues to promote trade facilitation along TKC

Harmonization by the three Member States; Botswana, Namibia and South Africa continue to gain strength by collaborating to improve trade facilitation along the Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC).

This collaboration manifest through, the Joint Law Enforcement Operation (JLEO) that is currently taking place in Moatle, Botswana, focusing on some of the challenges that are experienced by the three Member States along the Corridor.

Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), by the three countries in 2003, the member states worked very hard to improve efficiencies along the TKC through the harmonisation of Cross Border Transactions and Customs Procedures.

The relations have further contributed to and promoted trade facilitation through transport efficiency by simplifying and harmonizing the requirements and controls governing the movement of goods and persons in view to reduce transportation costs and transit times.

The TKC is a road network spanning approximately 1900 kilometers across the territories of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The ongoing operation
In this 6th TKCMC JLEO, the South African delegation led by the National Department of Transport, comprise of the following stakeholders; South African Police Service, Road Traffic Management Cooperation, Road Traffic Infringement Agency, Cross Border Road Transport Agency, Road Accident Fund, Provincial and Local Traffic Authorities, Immigration including Road Safety Education, while the Namibian delegation is led by Ministry of Works and Transport and include stakeholders from the Namibian Police Service, Road Authority, Customs, Immigration and Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA).

In his welcome address during the information sharing session held at Cresta Jwaneng yesterday, the Botswana Head of delegation from the Department of Roads, Transport and Safety, Mr. Bokhutlo Modukanele expressed gratitude on the continued cooperation from the three countries in ensuring successful implementation of the MoU.

“We are so far doing well in ensuring harmonization of relations and standards and thus improving trade facilitation on this Corridor and we must give credit to the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat for their work in the implementation of the TKC activities,” said Modukanele of Botswana.

Making remarks as head of the South African delegation, Mr. Suebel Mmono emphasized the need to establish and implement a transversal legislation governing the road transport operations especially abnormal loads including operational systems.

The current three Member States Road Traffic Acts and Regulations provides for different enforcement processes which directly impact negatively on political and economic relations.

Mr Mmono highlighted one of the recommendations taken during the 5th TKC JLEO held in November 2017 in Rustenburg, South Africa, that communities living along the corridor must be engaged and given awareness on the TKC and its role on creating opportunities and the economic growth of the three countries.

The Namibian head of delegation Mr Lemmy Mutonga, advocated for road safety ambassadorship calling for the three Member States to be more proactive than re-active.

Mr Leslie Mpofu, the Executive Director of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS), informed the three Member States that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has recently acknowledged the good work that the TKC is undertaking and considering to use the TKC as the benchmark.

“Having seeing what the TKC is succeeding in harmonizing relations between the three countries, the SADC is looking forward to have law enforcement regulations similar to the TKC and in this case they will be using the TKC as a benchmark,” said Mr Mpofu.


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