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Uganda, Tanzania launch one-stop border post
November 26, 2017, 2:48 pm

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni joined his Tanzanian counterpart President John Pombe Magufuli on Thursday, 9 November to inaugurate the Mutukula One Stop Border Post (OSBP). Following this, the two Presidents also laid the cross-border foundation-stone for the construction of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

The Mutukula OSBP is part of a string of 13 border posts, out of a total of 15 such posts, earmarked by the East African Community (EAC) to improve joint border management procedures and help reduce regional goods transit times by more than 50 percent.

An OSBP brings together immigration and customs officials from the two neighboring countries under one roof to eliminate need for trucks and persons to undergo clearance twice on both sides of the border.

Speaking on the occasion, President Magufuli, who is on a 3-day state visit to Uganda, advised host communities to take advantage of EACOP to enhance their livelihoods by provision of local content in the form of goods and services.

The 1,445km-long EACOP, which was commissioned in August of this year, is intended to transport crude oil from Uganda's Hoima oil fields to the Port of Tanga, Tanzania on the Indian Ocean. The heated crude oil pipe line, the longest of its kind in the world, will cost $3.5 billion and will be completed by 2020 making Uganda join the ranks of oil producing countries. The pipeline works will be undertaken by Total E&P, CNOOC and Tullow Oil together with the two governments of Uganda and Tanzania. The pipe line will on completion carry 216,000 barrels of crude oil for export daily.





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