Revised One-Stop Border Post Source Book to be published by the end of May 2016
3 May 2016
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) participated in a workshop In Addis Ababa in March which agreed the update of the One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) Source Book would be published by the end of May 2016.
First published in 2011, the OSBP Source Book project was an initiative of the Transport Sector Platform of the ICA and was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as lead development partner of the Platform, in close cooperation with the East African Community.
Addressing the workshop, Mr Mohamed Hassan, Coordinator of the ICA Secretariat, said that with more than OSBP 80 projects in Africa at different stages of implementation, the 2nd edition of the Source Book would be an invaluable reference resource.
OSBPs help to significantly reduce the time it takes for goods and traders to cross borders, through the processing of border clearance under one roof. The Source Book, an operational guide to the OSBP concept, covers issues such as legal & regulatory frameworks, simplification & harmonisation of border procedures, physical border post facilities and making best use of ICT.
The workshop validated the revised Source Book, subject to the OSBP Source Book Team reflecting the comments made during the workshop. The workshop decided that the 2nd edition of the OSBP Source Book should be finalised and distributed, in both English and French, by 31 May 2016. The workshop further agreed that the Source Book should be further updated, at least every 3-5 years.
The 2nd edition of the OSBP Source Book will be available to download from the publications section of the ICA website as soon as it has been finalised.