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Road Fund participates in continental assembly

Nthatuoa Koeshe

ROAD Fund Lesotho is set to take part in this year’s edition of the African Roads Maintenance Funds Association (ARMFA) annual general assembly, which will be hosted by the Road Fund Administration in Namibia from Sunday to the 16th of March 2019.

The meeting is meant for African road funds to meet and keep abreast with developments in the funding of the roads sector and for the regional representatives to report on annual progress in the regional bodies which are affiliates of ARMFA.

The Road Fund said in a statement this week that it will be led by board chairperson Thato Mohasoa, along with another board member, Advocate Lineo ‘Masalome Lephatša and the Chief Executive Officer Nkekeletse Makara.

“The annual general assembly will be run under theme ‘Sustainable Road Infrastructure — Impact of Regional Integration and Free Trade in Africa’,” the Road Fund’s statement reads.

To ensure a coordinated management of ARMFA, the statement noted, member countries have been clustered into four regional focal groups that include the West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa and the East African focal groups.

“Each of these focal groups meet regularly to discuss issues of mutual interest for their respective regions, which they later come together and share during the association’s annual conference, whose resolutions are then presented for discussion and adoption at the annual general assembly.”

ARMFA is a non-profit making and non-political association that was founded to form a platform and a network for experience and information sharing on best road maintenance practices in Africa. It discusses and finds opportunities on funding options and to promote and strengthen links between members of African road funds.

The last annual general assembly was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February 2018.

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