By ZBC Reporter
The people of Beitbridge have applauded government for prioritising the modernisation of Beitbridge Border Post saying the move will influence rapid economic growth in the border town.
Trucks queuing for more than two weeks, robbers taking advantage of long queues and corrupt syndicates pouncing on desperate cross border traders are some of the challenges common with Beitbridge Border Post.
However, this will soon be a thing of the past as the government is geared to modernise the busiest port of entry in Southern Africa.
Truck drivers who spoke to ZBC News at the border post said the modernisation will be a panacea to many of their challenges, sentiments shared by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Abednico Ncube.
“Sometimes we spend weeks trying to get cleared here and sometimes get robbed, so the upgrade of the border will help us a lot.”
“The upgrade will make our lives easy, sometimes when we stay we end up being a target of criminals so once the upgrade is done we will be home and dry.”
“Beitbridge border post is the busiest port inland and once it is modernised, all our problems will be a thing of the past and the economy will grow,” said Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Abednico Ncube.
Speaking after touring the border post, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube said government is committed to improving trade relations through building efficient networks.
“This is one of the biggest investments ever in Beitbridge, as you can see behind me they are constructing the freight terminal for cargo, which is going to be finished in September. It is really pleasing, $300 million is being sunk into the development of this town it really impressive,” said the finance minister.
The project being implemented by Zim Boarders Consortium will see the busiest inland port being upgraded to improve the flow of vehicular and human traffic which during peak hours ranges between 200 000 and 300 000 monthly.
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