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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ASANRA?

How can an individual or organization register as a member?

What are the benefits for members?

Where does ASANRA get its funding from?

Where is the ASANRA Secretariat located?

How is ASANRA structured?

How are ASANRA projects implemented?

Is there a relationship between ASANRA and SADC?

Do ASANRA programmes contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

What is ASANRA?

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.

How can an individual or organization register as a member?

Those interested to join the association can join as associate members and are required to complete the available Application Form and submit it to the Secretariat who in turn shall refer it to the appropriate standing committee for approval. Upon approval, members will be required to pay an annual membership fee of US$500. The fee is payable annually on 1st April.

What are the benefits for members?

Benefits to members include the following:

  • Access to classified regional and international Research and Study reports;
  • Exchange of information and expertise;
  • Access to technical assistance;
  • Forum for discussion of topical issues in the transportation sector, etc;
  • Participation in transportation conferences and workshops;

Where does ASANRA get its funding from?

ASANRA is currently funded by Annual Membership Contributions. However, ASANRA expects that Development Partners will fund a larger proportion of its programme through grants initially, until other sources such as road user funds have been explored.

Where is the ASANRA Secretariat located?

Malawi was selected to host the permanent secretariat of the association. The secretariat office is located in Pagat House on the 4th floor off Paul Kagame Road in Lilongwe, Malawi.

How is ASANRA structured?

ASANRA is governed by a Board of Directors comprising the Chief Executive Officers from each member road agency/authority or where no agency/authority has been established, the relevant government official plus a representative of the SADC Directorate of Infrastructure and Development Services (ex-officio) and Executive Director of the ASANRA secretariat (Secretary).

Management of ASANRA has been delegated to an Executive Committee comprising, the President, Vice President and Chairpersons of the Standing Committees including the SADC representative and the Executive Director of the Secretariat.

How are ASANRA projects implemented?

The Secretariat is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the projects.

ASANRA’s implementation strategy relies on outsourcing of the various projects in its program to the private sector.

Is there a relationship between ASANRA and SADC?

The relationship between SADC and ASANRA is governed by the subsidiarity concept as per decision of Council of August 2004 in Mauritius . ASANRA was designated as a consultative member of the Technical Committee on Roads as well as an implementing agent of SADC.

Do ASANRA programmes contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

ASANRA has expressly stated that it shall:

  • Give preference to labour-based methods of road construction and maintenance where technically and economically viable.
  • Make every effort to reduce the exposure of HIV during road construction and maintenance.
  • Lobby for minimization of environmental degradation in road projects.