Roads Sector: SADC
Roads Sector: SADC

 

 
MINISTRY OF FINANCE, ANGOLA

The DBSA was mandated by the Ministry of Finance of the government of Angola (GoA) to lead arrange a ten-year USD 700 million loan facility needed for a basket of road projects across the country for roads destroyed during the civil war. The DBSA directly contributed USD150 million of the USD700 million in 2014, which has been fully utilised in the upgrading and rehabilitation of several national roads in the eastern part of the country badly affected by the war. The roads projects are part of Angola’s objectives of integrating the country after the brutal civil war, as well as part of their strategy to decentralise the economy out of Luanda by building infrastructure that will facilitate investment and trade across the country.
 
THE NATIONAL ROAD FUND AGENCY (NRFA), ZAMBIA

The National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) is responsible for administering and managing all financial resources in the Zambian road sector. The functions of the NRFA includes the administration and management of the Road Fund and recommendations to the Minister on fuel levy and road user charges and tariffs.

The Road Fund is an umbrella fund where all roads levies, licensing fees, fuel levies, loans, grants and donations for the roads and all monies appropriated by Parliament for the roads in Zambia are held. The NRFA may raise money by way of loans to discharge its functions.

The DBSA granted a loan of $262 million in December 2010 for a rehabilitation programme of five roads namely: Kabompo-Chavuma; Chipata-Lundazi; Senanga-Sesheke; Mumbwa-Landless; and Kalulushi-Lufwanyama. The government of Zambia contributed US$90 million. The project is complete.

Zambia is a key transit country in the North-South Corridor, as it borders on eight other countries. The rehabilitation of the Western Corridor will fit into the wider corridor network programme for the region, which will help to unlock the vast unrealised economic potential inland and attract the necessary investment.

The Road Development Agency (RDA) is responsible for the care, maintenance and construction of public roads in Zambia. The principal function of the RDA is to plan, manage and coordinate road network in Zambia, including maintaining the roads, preparation and awarding of contracts for construction and maintenance of the roads and certification of roads and to review design standards and classification of roads and traffic signs. It manages the core road network (CRN) stretching approximately 40 500km.

The RDA implemented the Highway Management System (HMS) in 2009 based on the World Bank highway design and maintenance model standards. Of the CRN, 35 163 km were surveyed (86.8%) with the balance of 4 406 km unsurveyed due to impassability. The results are tabled below:
 
Condition
% of
network
2007
% of
network
2008
% of
network
2009
% of
network
2011
% of
network
2013
% of
network
2014
Good
19
33
18
33
83
87
Fair
71
61
76
55
12
7
Poor
10
6
6
12
5
6

 Source: RDA

The road status is dependent on roughness index for paved roads and gravel thickness for unpaved roads as per the HMS model. With regards the specific truck roads funded by the DBSA, there are 828 km and form part of the overall paved TMD. Compared to 2007 where they were 8% of paved trunk roads in poor condition, this has been reduced to 1% in 2014, indicating a high level of investment in the past three years. This is the period that the DBSA loan was also disbursed and utilised.
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