The Association of Road Maintenance Funds in Africa (ARMFA) and the Namibian Road Fund Administration (RFA) have concluded that there is an urgent need for effective stakeholder engagement in order to deliver value for money to road users, this was discussed in the meeting held in Windhoek on road fund administration and road financing models, this week.
The Chief Excutive Officer of RFA of Namibia Ali Ipinge, emphasized the importance of creating linkages and integration between road infrastructure with other transport infrastructure such as rail, ports and air as best way to promote the region as a logistical hub.
“We have a long way to go to make sure that we have efficient road fund services, progress has been made to create value for money for the road users, but more needs to be done”says Ipinge.
The team of Road Fund Administrator CEOs agreed to a statement by the Chairman of the Southern African Focal Group, Eng. Juma that stakeholder confidence has improved due to implementation of key recommendations made at the Group meetings such as the one held in Windhoek.
On Tuesday (28 April 2015) the delegates drove to the coast to visit Namibia’s flagship port in Walvis Bay – Namport; short tour of the road work project between Windhoek and Okahandja; first-hand experience of Namibia the dune belt road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as well as a visit to the Walvis Weighbridge.
Delegates were impressed with the quality of Namibia’s transport infrastructure and has taken ideas on road planning, design, maintenance and funding and efficient allocation of these resources towards road development and maintenance.
The Association of Road Maintenance Funds in Africa (ARMFA) meeting hosted by the Namibian Road Fund Administration (RFA), ended on Monday (27 April 2015) in Windhoek, after two days of deliberations. The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Officers and representative from Lesotho, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Malawi.