Monday, 3 February 2014


The Tanzania-Rwanda border will start operating 24 hours a day after the completion of a joint customs building at Rusumo post in Ngara District.Speaking after inspecting construction work at the site, the deputy minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Adam Malima, said the building was scheduled to be completed in November, 2014 Currently, according to the minister, the post operates for only 16 hours.
He said the government of Japan had joined Rwanda and Tanzania to co-sponsor the project undertaken by a Japanese construction firm, Daiho.Japan, according to the minister, has injected Yen 1.8 billion in both projects which will be complete by 68 per cent at the end of this week.“When the customs building is completed in November, it will be open for services 24 hours a day,” he said.
Rusumo International Bridge, under construction across Kagera River will replace the old one which was built 40 years ago to link Rwanda and Tanzania.The project is expected to have a positive impact on the economic development of both nations, by enhancing regional integration and cross-border trade.The project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency, would cover construction of the new dual carriage bridge, a two-kilometre road connecting two customs offices as well as equipping both sites with necessary tools and suitable parking space.The minister said besides the custom services, residents of Rusumo would also benefit from water and power services from a hydroelectric power plant at Rusumo Falls.Earlier, the minister toured the Tanzania-Uganda border post at Mutukula and promised  officers  and residents there that they would be supplied with power effective from this month.

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