For its third meeting of the year 2023, the ARMFA Southern Africa Focal Group (ASAFG) Meeting zoomed on Legal Frameworks that establish Road Funds in the region, with the aim to assess their relevance to the changing environment.
In his official opening address, the ASAFG Chairperson and Road Fund Chief Executive Officer Mr. Nkekeletse Makara said it was essential to look at the Legal Instruments so as to share experiences regarding their implementation.
“I am very excited about this theme as we review our founding legislations and determine their relevance to the environment we operate in, and with regard to ensuring sustainable infrastructure within our countries and the region as a whole,” he reiterated.
At the meeting, various countries presented their Legal Frameworks, where intriguing discussions emanated; it became clear that indeed the mandate of the Road Funds and the reason why they exist is the same, even though founding Legal Frameworks differed from country to country.
The meeting was attended by Road Funds in the region namely Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia as the host.
ASAFG is the Southern Africa arm of the African Road Maintenance Funds Association (ARMFA) which was established in 2003 as a platform and a network for experience and information sharing on best road maintenance practices in Africa; to discuss and find opportunities on funding options and to promote and strengthen links between members of African Road Funds.