Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (1996)

Effective transport, communications, and meteorology systems are prerequisites for economic growth and improved quality of life – the primary goals of SADC. Recognising that closer integration of these sectors offers benefit to the region, SADC passed the Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (PTCM) on 24th August 1996.

The PTCM oversees all aspects of transport, communications, and meteorology throughout Southern Africa in establishing functional systems that promote economic and social development efficiently. Through the PTCM, Member States agree to strategic goals and policies for an integrated network of transport, communications, and meteorology, with specific funding sources, regulatory mechanisms, environmental controls, and technical standards. The PTCM also outlines an institutional framework for its implementation, including a breakdown of committees and subcommittees, procedures, and duties, as well as systems for monitoring progress and addressing non-compliance with regulations.

The 2 chapters related to rail transport are:


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The current SARA strategy addresses five strategic focus areas of advocacy and lobbying, infrastructure development, railway operations, resource mobilisation, marketing and publicity and safety.

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