Gaborone – Kazungula Bridge will be commissioned this May, with hopes high in Botswana and Zambia that the infrastructure investment will boost their respective economies.
The commissioning follows signing of a bilateral agreement between Botswana and Zambia for a one-stop border post to be established at Kazungula.
“The bridge and border post facilities are in line with the regional approach to development as espoused in the SADC development agenda,” said Botswana’s Finance Minister Peggy Serame when officiating at the signing ceremony this week.
Minister Serame said Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his Zambian counterpart President Edgar Lungu would commission the bridge this month.
“I wish to take this opportunity to state that Botswana attaches great importance to the friendly relations between the two countries and regards Zambia as a key strategic partner,” she added.
Minister Serame said Kazungula Bridge and the OSBP would grow the two countries’ economies, and would also be a boon for trade between other SADC nations.
Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Christopher Yaluma said the objective was to enhance trade through efficient movement of goods and people not just between Botswana and Zambia, but also across the region as well as in the Tripartite Free Trade Area uniting SADC, the East African Community and the Common Market Eastern and Southern Africa.
“This facility will not benefit the two countries only but the region and the world as a whole. In addition, for Zambia the border post is a principal point in the North-South Corridor for movement of goods and people,” said Minister Yaluma.
The bridge is over the confluence the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, at the quadripoint where the boundaries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet.