Railway association working towards improving railway development
The SADC Protocol on Transport Communication and Meteorology from which SARA (Southern African Railway Association (SARA) draws its mandate and legitimacy calls for the integration of services for railways to be able to offer seamless, efficient and cost effective services.
According to media statement issued by TransNamib regarding the recently held SARA Railway conference and exhibition which was held under the theme “Revitalising Railway Services through Innovation in Southern Africa” in Midrand, South Africa, the protocol provides a clear framework through which the regional railway industry can be developed.
Speaking at the conference, SARA’s president Titus Haimbili said SARA continues to exert its efforts towards improvement of railway performance and development of the railway industry in SADC.
“We are driven by the desire to occupy our economic space as mandated by the SADC Protocol on Transport Communication and Meteorology fully cognisant of the integral social and economic rolls the railways are expected to play,” he said.
In the quest to find solutions for the current challenges confronting regional railways, Haimbili said the association will continue to provide the platform for key stakeholders to meet and address those issues that matter to the railway business, and also take positive steps to implement conference resolution.
“The specific objectives of the rail conference are to highlight the state of railways in SADC focusing on operations, infrastructure and equipment, technology, safety and environment, transport policy,” said Haimbili.