10 April 2013 - The Africa Road Transport Forum 2013, which takes place during April in Johannesburg, seeks to address the most important challenges the road transport industry faces in the East and Southern African regions by providing a platform for regional and national role players to workshop viable solutions, along with regional and government representatives.
Paul Lombard, Aurecon’s General Manager Emerging Regions - AMA, has been invited to form part of an expert forum panel in his capacity as an expert on Road User Charges. This panel will present on the monitoring and elimination of non-tariff barriers, including arbitrary and excessive charges, hi-jacking and corruption.
Lombard comments: “Forums such at this provide valuable opportunities to meet jointly with stakeholders to overcome barriers and identify solutions for intra-regional trade. I look forward to sharing and gaining insight into this arena.”
The South African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC), which jointly represent 19 countries, will all be represented at the forum. These three Regional Economic Councils are already working together with the Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (FESARTA) for improving constraints that transport operators face on corridors in Southern and Eastern Africa. “Aurecon has been closely involved with SADC, COMESA and EAC over the past few years in the development of their separate transport strategies or master plans.” He adds that in seeking solutions to developing and maintaining a stable and efficient road network, regional collaboration is of utmost importance.
“As the transport market evolves, challenges arise which require non-traditional approaches and innovative solutions,” he adds. “Aurecon can provide the skills needed to successfully execute transport operations and logistics projects, such as strategic master planning, demand modelling for passengers and freight, intelligent transport system applications, supply chain mapping, and electronic systems applications. This is a critical part of building better regional transportation systems.”