Cross border traders open three information desks


NKWETO MFULA, Chililabombwe
THE Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) has made headway towards establishing three trade information desks (TIDs) in respective border districts in a quest to formalise trade in the regions.
The TIDs in the three districts are Luangwa with neighbouring Mozambique, Mpulungu and Nakonde with Tanzania.
CBTA chairman general Charles Kakoma said, “We have just come back from the sensitisation programme with the people in the border districts to formalise trade.”
So far, two TIDs have been established at Kasumbalesa and Mokambo border posts with the Democratic Republic of Congo with funding from Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Mr Kakoma said the Tanzanian government has since urged its people to conduct trade formally by using designated custom points.
“Our concerns are being heard, the government of Tanzania has allowed its traders to use formal channels of doing business, we are happy with the support,” he said.
Mr Kakoma also called on Government to provide water transport for traders in Mpulungu and Luangwa as a way of encouraging stakeholders to carry out their business through formal entry points.
Mr Kakoma said formalising trader between Zambia and Mozambique requires water transport system to ease movement of people and goods in the two countries to designated custom points.
Luangwa district is about 89 kilometres away from the customs entry point.
Mr Kakoma said Mpulungu has some allegedly illegal harbours where goods are ferried to other countries, hence the need for patrols by the security wings.
“There should be a task force on the ground through water transport to monitor illegal activities,” he said.

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