Eastern, Southern transport digital system launched

Corridor Trip Management System launched. PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Corridor Trip Management System launched. PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

A new digital system used to monitor and speed up cross-border truck movements and driver health checks at borders in Eastern and Southern Africa was launched at the Tlokweng Border Post on Friday.

When addressing the dignitaries from SADC, German Embassy, and the European Union, the Minister of Communications, Knowledge and Technology Thukaganyo Segokgo said the Corridor Trip Management System (CTMS) would be rolled out to all SADC member states and tripartite and/or partners on the mainland to facilitate trade, transport, and movement of persons. He added that through CTMS, the intentions of the tripartite regional economic communities of COMESA, EAC, and SADC in immediate and longer terms include facilitating management of safe transit in cross-border road transport operations, maintaining a record of drivers and crew members' medical compliance, monitor progression of road trips by tracking vehicle, cargo and driver, and expedite border-crossing through integration with other systems such as Immigration and Customs Management Systems.

"The implementation of this project would not have come at a better time than now, as it resonates well with the President of the Republic of Botswana's drivers of the Reset Agenda on Digitalization and Saving Botswana's population from COVID-19. "Saving the population from the ravages of COVID-19 is without any prejudice to foreign nationals resident in the country or who are on transit. The CTMS has proven to be a highly effective and efficient digital solution in the management of safe cross-border road transport and compliance with COVID-19 requirements by operators and drivers. "This is because the system provides for a simplified procedure, which reduced the need for numerous documents to be completed by drivers and officials at checkpoints.it also limits human interaction for exchange of documents and reduced risk of contamination or infection when documents are exchanged," he explained.

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