The Inter-State Council of Ministers has approved the acceding of Zambia to the Central Corridar Transit Transport Facilitation Agency, authorities have said.
The agency was established through an agreement by five member states namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania in 2006.
Transport and Logistics Minister, Frank Tayali, said Zambia would now ensure that it promptly undertakes its internal legal and administrative processes of accession to the Central Corridor Agreement.
Tayali announced this on Monday during the Inter-State Council of Ministers for the Central Corridor Transit Transport Agency in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The Minister expressed confidence that the relevant internal processes would be completetd within the first quarter of 2024 and before the next Meeting.
He reaffirmed Zambia’s strong commitment and readiness to provide the much needed support in order to achieve the objectives of the Central Corridor.
“At the centre of these aspirations is our unwavering commitment towards promoting region integration, and autimately create a liberalised market for goods and services,” Tayali highlighted.
He said this includes trade in services at the regional and continental level by resolving the numerous challenges and bottlenecks that had for a long time affected the Transport Sector over the years.
Tayali stressed that it was for these reasons that Zambia had embarked on a robust programme to create and transform Transport Corridors that traverse the country by taking advantage of it’s geographical position.
“The programme is aimed at linking Zambia to the sea ports and neigbouring countries in the region and the continent at large,” he stated.
The Minister emphasized that Zambia would like to be engaged and involved when there are programmes under the Central Corridor looking at improving transport infrastructure such as Roads, Railway, Ports/Harbours and Border Posts.
Tayali stated that the Zambian government had been working on Infrastructure upgrade of the Nakonde One Stop Border Post in order to deal with several challenges such as board congestion and bad road infrastructure among.
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