Land borders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are critical zones for unlocking regional value chains, trade and economic development. The Beitbridge and Chirundu border posts represent important links in the North–South Corridor. They are vital in both regional development and bilateral initiatives. It is at these borders that many issues related to regional integration intersect. Understanding the major complications that prevent competitive trade and undermine trade facilitation initiatives is, therefore, essential. This policy brief examines the causes of standing time – a major contributor to transport costs in sub-Saharan Africa – and discusses the softer issues such as driver behaviour and border operations. We further discuss the economic development opportunities for border economies. These are intimately linked to the operation of border posts. Various complex linkages are considered. These include the potential disruptive impact that trade facilitation measures may have on firms operating at the border. A failure to improve border efficiency can similarly undermine the existing industries at the border. We also review challenges and economic opportunities at the Beitbridge and Chirundu border posts with a focus on women and youth. We conclude by providing policy recommendations.
Ngarachu, Anna; Wood, Christopher; Krogman, Heinrich; Tshuma, Elisha; and Mudenda, Dale
"Bottlenecks or Growth Zones? A Study of the Chirundu and Beitbridge Border Economies,"
Southern African Journal of Policy and Development: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/sajpd/vol4/iss2/5