Kigali- January 14, 2019: The Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project periodically conducts bi-monthly survey at key border entries where the project interventions are directed. This is regularly done to measure project’s progress, identify and remove bottlenecks, and take corrective measures. This survey was conducted in Rusizi District at the Rusizi I border post and in Rubavu District at Petite barriere border posts in the western province of Rwanda which are among the border areas receiving project interventions.
The survey covered three components: Average time for traders to cross target border crossings; Incidence of harassment of small scale traders and Value of goods handled through core trade infrastructure. The survey findings indicate that were no incidents of intimidation, harassment, and bribes on Rwandan side while on Democratic Republic of Congo, the rate of these incidents fell to 2.6% in the past three months. More so, the level of service delivery satisfaction improved to 97% of Cross Border Traders at Poid Lourd.
The project is supporting improvements to infrastructure and facilities at priority border posts. The priority border posts have been identified and proposed by the authorities based on traffic volumes, importance to supply chains of goods traded most across the borders, relevance to conflict dynamics in the region and the poor state of infrastructure to support cross- border trade. Selected facilities will be improved based on integrated designs for efficient and secure traffic flows of pedestrian, passenger and commercial vehicle traffic.