Zimbabwe National Roads Administration acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma has landed a top continental post as the African Road Maintenance Fund Association (ARMFA) executive auditor.
ARMFA brings together 34 road administration organisations from various African countries.
The main objective of ARMFA is to develop a network for the exchange of information and experiences on the practices of financing road maintenance in Africa.
It is also aimed at encouraging the promotion and strengthening of ties between road maintenance organisations on the continent with a view to ensure sustainability and harmonious development of road funds.
Eng Juma was elected at the association’s 14th annual congress held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo last month, taking over from Ghana’s Mr Francis Ahlidza.
In an interview yesterday, Eng Juma said his appointment did not only put Zimbabwe on the world map in terms of road fund management, but also confirmed the quality of human resources in the country.
“What it means is that zinara and subsequently Zimbabwe as a country is leading the management and smooth running of road funds in the roads industry on the continent,” he said.
“This shows how much faith the continent has in Zimbabwe’s capabilities.”
Eng Juma said his appointment comes at a time when the country had upped the implementation of the country’s economic blueprint Zim-Asset which places infrastructure development at the centre of economic development.
“Roads are a key economic enabler,” he said. “All the development we are talking about requires us to have roads as a key driver.
“As zinara, we have learnt a lot from our African counterparts and we want to strive for excellence as we continue to support road construction, especially now that we have targets we have to meet under Zim-Asset.”
ARMFA was established in 2003 and has been instrumental in encouraging and supporting African Road Fund organisations as they seek to optimally collect revenue for roads development and maintenance through fuel levy, licence fees and tolling fees.
It is divided into four focal groups namely Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa.
Before assuming his new post at ARMFA, Eng Juma was chairperson of the Southern African Focal Group since his appointment as Zinara acting chief executive officer.
Zimbabwe, through Zinara successfully hosted the 13th ARMFA Annual General Assembly and Annual General Meeting in Victoria Falls in February 2015.
The hosting of that meeting was at short notice after Ghana failed to take up the responsibility.
This gave the country an opportunity to showcase its tollgates that are run 100 percent on solar, making Zimbabwe the first country in the world to use such technology.