Bumpy road ahead
Way forward mapped
14 February 2020 | Infrastructure
Lwazi Mbayi; CBRT-RF chairperson;“The road ahead is bumpy, and we have to double our efforts.”
The Cross Border Road Transport – Regulators’ Forum (CBRT-RF) gathered at the Seaside Hotel to discuss progress over the two years since its establishment.
The provision of efficient cross-border road transport spurred the creation of the forum in 2017.
“These efforts were meant to respond to the need to resolve regulatory problems as well as a multitude of challenges, constraints and impediments facing cross-border road transport operators in SADC and the Tripartite region,” said forum chairperson Lwazi Mbayi.
He elaborated on the challenges facing cross-border road transport, saying that weak regulatory frameworks, failure to implement the framework and failure to perform regulatory practices hindered the harmony in cross-border road transport.
He warned that hard work lies ahead for SADC member states, which make up the forum.
“The road ahead is bumpy and we have to double our efforts to make sure that we deal with the challenges that the forum was established to eliminate,” he said.
Mbayi added he has confidence in the forum and its members.
“It is comforting to know that the forum consists of dedicated men and women who are driven by the need to improve transport and trade on the continent and thereby improve the socio-economic conditions in Africa.”
He said that the misalignment between cross-border regulations, delays and congestion along roads and the high cost of doing business are some of the challenges that plague successful cross-border road transport.
“This juncture presents a great milestone, but we must nor rest on our laurels. More hard work lies ahead.”