While Africa has an estimated total road network of 2.9 millions km, only 30% are surfaced roads, of which a third are located in the SADC region. If we add to this the inefficiencies and bottlenecks of the transport system, the artificial barriers and high cross-border tariffs, the economic growth and regional integration become even harder to achieve.
To address these issues, the African Road Maintenance Fund Association (ARMFA) held its 20th General Assembly on 3-6 April 2023 in Maputo, Mozambique under the theme “Aligning Sustainable Financing to the Needs of the Road Sector in Africa”. The meeting was opened by Mozambique’s President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro and other members representing the association’s 35 African country member states as well as international guests.
The meeting provided an exchange space to discuss the current challenges road fund entities and the sector are facing and called for innovative thinking in order to develop new measures that will help look at the future with more confidence and effectiveness in the field of funding. A key message that was brought up throughout the meeting was the importance of increasing collaboration between the government, public and private entities and other development partners.
To this effect, IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro – speaking on “Sustainable Funding Towards Roads’ Preservation – referred to the new partnership “Roads4People Fund” with ORIS and UNIDO. Aiming at sustaining investments in rural roads, the programme leverages on technology and savings digitalisation generates to sustain rural roads development and upgrades.
Read more on ARMFA GA here.