According to a joint communique issued after a three days meeting held in Walvis Bay in Namibia, the three countries adopted the draft Trilateral Road Transport Agreement and agreed to sign the agreement in March 2016 in Congo DR.
The Road Transport Trilateral Agreement is aimed at strengthening road transport, road safety and trade facilitation among the three countries.
While Zambia and Namibia have a Bilateral Road Transport Agreement, neither countries have never signed any Road Transport Agreement with DRC to facilitate the smooth flow of cross border road transportation, control the operations of the Walvis Bay, Ndola, and Lubumbashi corridor.
This situation 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 territories.
In the spirit of the good relations among the three countries and considering the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology, the three countries are confident that the Road Transport Trilateral agreement will enhance road transport, road safety and trade facilitation among the member countries.
The Agreement once concluded will help to provide for effective transport services to consumers in the respective countries and ensure smooth movement of goods and passengers.
This is contained in a statement by the Road and Safety Agency (RTSA) Public Relations Unit Information Offficer Frederick Mubanga received by ZANIS in Lusaka, today.
During the meeting, the three countries also took into consideration that road safety should become an integral aspect of the Trilateral Road Transport Agreement 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).