Mozambique: Ressano Garcia border post open 24 hours a day

Maputo — Ressano Garcia (Mozambique), April 14 (AIM) – The Ressano Garcia border post, on the Mozambican border with South Africa, began operating 24 hours a day on Wednesday, boosting the influx of migrants and the clearance of goods, a change that aims to promote socio-economic development between the two countries within the framework of regional integration.

The adoption of the 24-hour timetable is among the decisions made by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa during the third session of the Binational Commission, held in March in the southern capital. -African, Pretoria.

At peak times, such as the Easter and Christmas holiday periods, the country’s busiest border with South Africa will operate as a one-stop post. In South Africa, all services will be provided from kilometer seven at Komatipoort, while within Mozambican territory they will be provided from kilometer four.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the launch, the Permanent Secretary of the Mozambican Interior Ministry, Victor Canhemba, said the decision to operate the border post 24 hours a day is another milestone in the historic relations of cooperation between peoples and governments. of both countries.

“In fact, this decision of great political and historical value, portrays the excellent relations and peaceful friendship between the two peoples, with common values,” Canhemba said. He added that after the decision was taken, the technical teams of the two countries concluded the viability studies and other pending issues in order to provide a decent service to travelers.

He believes that the 24-hour regime will significantly contribute to reducing the overcrowding experienced mainly during holiday periods, thereby significantly reducing the waiting time for migrants, tourists and businessmen.

South African Border Management Authority (BMA) Commissioner Nakampe Masiapato said the move will facilitate the movement of goods from various industries across the two countries.

The border post registers the annual influx of nearly 2.6 million people, including Mozambicans and foreigners, and about 700,000 vehicles carrying people and goods.

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