The Kazungula Bridge is a joint project between the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Project lies on the border between the two countries on the North-South Corridor (NSC), a vital trade route in SADC.

Informed by two key studies, Feasibility Study and Preliminary Design (2001) and Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering Design of the Kazungula Bridge, Border Facilities and Corridor Studies (2009), and a number of supporting pieces of work, the establishment of a One Stop Border Post at Kazungula was recommended to both improve overall transit time for goods and people travelling through the post, and support SADC’s goal to integrate the region and improve trade flows overall.

Given the impact of OSBPs on the sovereign territory of both countries, the need to harmonise legislation, and the need for a cooperative framework for both countries to work together towards establishing and operationalising the OSBP, the following tasks were identified to achieve the key objectives of the assignment:

  1. To develop a bilateral agreement to be signed by and between the Governments of Botswana and Zambia for the establishment of the Kazungula OSBP;
  2. To review and align existing legal instruments governing OSBP Operations in Botswana and Zambia;
  3. To recommend an appropriate institutional structure for the Kazungula OSBP;
  4. To develop procedures for OSBP operations at Kazungula;
  5. To identify the key operational equipment and propose the appropriate ICT architecture required for effective OSBP operations.

Imani Development was contracted to provide technical support towards establishing and operationalising the One Stop Border Post at Kazungula.

Services provided and activities undertaken included:

  1. Desk Review and Stakeholder Mapping
  2. Drafting of the Bilateral Agreement
  3. Development of an Inventory of Laws and Procedures for harmonisation
  4. Development of the Standard Operating Procedures
    • Analysis of prior Feasibility Studies and Engineering Designs
    • Application of Best Practice from existing OSBPs (regionally and globally)
    • Traffic Assessment
    • Trade and Transport Instrument Assessment
    • Corridor Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Assessment of ICT Soft and Hard Infrastructure and Operational Equipment
    • Development of a Customs Framework
    • Security Assessment
    • Institutional Structure Review
    • Development of KPIs
    • Development of Training Materials
    • Delivery of Training to Customs Officials and Key Stakeholders
  5. Development of a Monitoring & Evaluation Framework
  6. Development of a Change Management and Sensitisation Plan