One-stop border between Mozambique and South Africa not expected to be operational until 2027

The government guaranteed on Thursday (09) that the one-stop border between Mozambique and South Africa should be operational by January 2027.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), Ambrósio Sitoe, who was speaking during the 8th Maputo Port Conference, the process is underway and construction work on the infrastructure will begin in December this year, with completion taking two years.

"The feasibility study is expected to be completed by August. By October we hope to have signed the concession memorandum, by December we hope to have started building the infrastructure, which will take 24 months, and by December 2026 we hope to have completed the infrastructure and in January (2027) we hope to have started operating," he said, stressing the importance of coordination between the Mozambican and South African authorities to ensure faster and more efficient border crossings.

According to the source, the legislation is in the process of being approved in both countries, which will boost the implementation of the project for trade facilitation and regional economic development. For this reason, "it is important that the one-stop border framework law is approved, it has already been concluded in terms of sectoral analysis and is going forward to the Council of Ministers for approval and to the Assembly of the Republic on the Mozambican side".

Ambrósio Sitoe pointed out that the same process should also take place in South Africa, where the same legislation is expected to be approved this semester. The legislation is currently at the public consultation stage.

However, he explained that in order to ensure faster and more efficient border crossings, coordinated management between the Mozambican and South African authorities will be necessary.

"One of the big challenges has to do with what we call coordinated border management on the Mozambican side. It's necessary to be effective, to have various agents within the border in the areas of customs, migration, health security, among others, with coordinated management so that, with its South African counterpart, we can have a more expeditious activity," he said.

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