The Kazungula Bridge and Border Project (KBBP) entails the implementation of new infrastructure to replace the existing ferry and border facilities between Zambia and Botswana at Kazungula. The project comprises the construction of road/rail bridge with a span of 923 meters over the river Zambezi; border facilities in each country and approximately 10 km of bridge approach and access roads. To ensure a complete and efficient cross-border infrastructure system, the additional project components include: (i) implementation of Trade Facilitation instruments and border-related procedures and policies; (ii) Technical Assistance support; (iii) complementary cross-cutting components.The contract for the bridge civil works commenced in December 2014, while the procurement for the civil works for the border facilities has been completed. The OSBP works in Botswana (Package 2) commenced April 2016 and that for the Zambia side (Package 3), that required to be relaunched commenced June 2017. The OSBP works are expected to be completed in September 2018 and December 2019 for Botswana and Zambia respectively.
The EU-AITF is providing further support to the project, specifically for the complementary aspects in relation to trade and transport facilitation. In addition, the Grant (awarded to Government of Republic of Zambia as recipient) is also supporting the TA - Management Expert.
The Grant supported activities are (i) establishment of the new Kazungula Bridge Authority (KBA); (ii) Trade and Transport Facilitation - establishment of a framework for One Stop Border Posts (OSBPS) and (iii) Technical Assistance services during the project implementation. The TA activities commenced in October 2015, whilst the stakeholder consultations and review of the ToR has been finalised and procurement launched. The services are expected to commence in October 2017.