Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo have adopted the draft Trilateral Road Transport Agreement (RTTA) which when actualized is aimed at strengthening road transport, road safety and trade facilitation among the three countries.
This is according to a joint communiqué issued following the draft Agreement signed in the Congo DR.
RTSA information officer Fredrick Mubanga said yesterday in a statement that the three countries were confident that the RTTA would enhance road transport, road safety and trade facilitation among the member countries.
“While Zambia and Namibia have a bilateral road transport agreement, both countries have never signed any agreement with DRC to facilitate the smooth flow of cross border road transportation; control the operations of the Walvis Bay, Ndola, and Lubumbashi corridor, a situation that has made it difficult for the three countries to engage and find solutions to the challenges that the people face as they transit in the three territories,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said once concluded, the agreement would help to provide for effective transport services to consumers in the respective countries and ensure smooth movement of goods and passengers.
During the meeting, the three countries also took into consideration that road safety should become an integral aspect of the RTTA in order to improve the profile of road safety among the three countries and prevent the loss of life and goods as a result of road crashes that are avoidable.
Zambia was represented by experts from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Justice, Department of Immigration and National Registration and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA).