TradeMark East Africa, a multi-donor agency, executed the project with funding from United Kingdom’s DFID, Canada, United Stated Agency for International Development and the and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Although it has its own seaport at Dar, Tanzania is fast becoming Kenya’s important transhipment destination with latest Kenya Ports Authority’s weekly data showing it overtook South Sudan and the DR Congo to emerge second after Uganda.
Official data shows that an average of 60 trucks pass through the Taveta-Holili crossing from northern Tanzania into Kenya, mostly ferrying cereals such as maize, beans, rice.
About five to eight trucks cross the border from Kenya, mostly comprising motor vehicles, clinker and exports destined for Burundi.
Dr Mahiga said the Holili-Taveta post is a sign of thawing economic and cultural relations between Kenya and Tanzania.
“It’s a demonstration of the trust between the two countries and that the One People One Destiny dream is slowly being realised through various EAC initiatives,” he said.
Dar-es-Salaam has been staying out of integration projects done by the “Coalition of the Willing”, namely Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Dr Sezibera said the one-stop border post will make it easier to ship goods from the port of Mombasa through the Voi-Taveta-Holili-Arusha transport corridor to landlocked economies such as Rwanda, Burundi and DRC.
“This post will boost trade by facilitating faster clearance of cargo, realise significant reduction in transport cost and ensure effective border control mechanisms are put in place,” said the secretary-general.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian host John Pombe Magufuli are expected to lay the foundation stone for the Arusha-Holili road tomorrow on the sidelines of the EAC Heads of State extraordinary summit.