The Trade Hub is currently engaged in an evaluation exercise for its Coordinated Border Management (CBM) activity. CBM was designed to encourage better cooperation and coordination among agencies working at the borders to simplify the clearance of goods and reduce the time that and the JBCs were functioning effectively.
During the first two weeks of February, the Trade Hub team visited Mwanza on the Malawi-Mozambique border and the Songwe border between Malawi and Tanzania. The CBM assessment analyzed the current roles and processes of the different stakeholders operating at the border in clearing commercial trucks and informal cross border traders. It also assessed border crossing times in order to compare these with baselines established during initial assessments in 2011 and times realized after CBM implementation in 2013.
This will enable the Trade Hub team to recommend measures to address the challenges currently hindering efficient border operations.