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The Association of Southern African National Roads Agencies (ASANRA) is an association of national roads agencies in the SADC region established in March 2001 in line with the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology.

ASANRA provides a regional forum in which road agencies and other stakeholders in the transportation sector can deal with regional issues in a coordinated and harmonized manner.


FESARTA , formerly known as The Federation of Regional Road Freight Associstions (FRRFA), was founded in 1993 by members of the NRTAs of Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to address problems experienced by road Transporters in the SADC region. Operators associations from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Tanzania subsequently joined.

The FRRFA became the first official association member of the Road infrastructure, Transport and Traffic committee ( Roads SCOM ) of SATCC-TU. SADC also established the post of Executive Officer, with Barney Curtis taking up the role on a voluntary basis in 1999. The FRRFA played an active role, in regional projects such  as  the Yellow Card insurance system, Weighbridge operation, cross-border road user charges etc. After representation USAID agreed to fund a project to draw up a Business Plan.


The Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) is a non-profit making, non-governmental and non-political organisation of port authorities in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. Membership of PMAESA ranges from to Sudan in the North to Namibia in South-West Africa, including the Indian Ocean islands and some land-locked countries. PMAESA was established in July 1973 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).


The PMAESA Region

pmaesaTel: +254 41 222 3245

Fax: +254 41 222 8344.



SARA was formed in April 1996 following recognition by SADC railways of the need to establish a strong lobby group to pursue advocacy for fair surface transport competition. Subsequently, Article 13.13 of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (PTCM) consolidated the existence and need for SARA as it gave effect to the formation of regional associations to facilitate collaboration with other stakeholders.

The Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is a non-profit making organisation whose founding members comprise most of the SADC    railways and has its Regional Secretariat located in Harare , Zimbabwe.

Tel: +263-4-736777/8

Fax: +263-4-736813


The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been in existence since 1980, when it was formed as a loose alliance of nine majority-ruled States in Southern Africa known as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), with the main aim of coordinating development projects in order to lessen economic dependence on the then apartheid South Africa.

The founding Member States are: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SADCC was formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 1, 1980, following the adoption of the Lusaka Declaration - Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation. The transformation of the organization from a Coordinating Conference into a Development Community (SADC) took place on August 17, 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia when the Declaration and Treaty was signed at the Summit of Heads of State and Government thereby giving the organization a legal character.

SADC was established under Article 2 of the SADC treaty by SADC Member States represented by their respective Heads of State and Government or duly authorised representatives to spearhead economic integration of Southern Africa. Current Member States are: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SADC headquarters are located in Gaborone, Botswana.