Officials from the Cross-Border Road Transport – Regulators’ Forum this week held a virtual meeting to evaluate the progress made by the forum to improve the cross-border road transport systems in the SADC region.
Speaking during the virtual meeting, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Gladwell Banda said the forum is vital in generating a better environment of creating an economically vibrant Africa.
Mr. Banda adds that the forum has made great milestones in supporting cross border transport in the SADC region.
He said Zambia is committed to supporting the harmonization of policies, reduce transportation costs, delays and transit times as well as eliminating regulatory fragmentation in the region.
“We recognize the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed great challenges to cross border transportation. I am confident that this collective forum is capable of navigating through these challenges so that the forum can achieve the goals it has set for itself,” Mr. Banda said.
And speaking during the same meeting, the chairperson of the forum, Mr. Lwazi Mboyi, the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Cross Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA) said the forum has made progress in addressing some key challenges in intra-Africa trade which include different regulatory requirements resulting in delays and congestion along corridors and high cost of doing business which must be fully be eliminated to realise its full potential.
Cross-Border Road Transport – Regulators’ Forum was established in March 2018 to coordinate and improve the cross-border road transport systems in the SADC region. The member countries include – Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.