Performance-based contracts will define the final product, not the amount of input in the work since road agencies compete for resources with other national priorities.

Road construction
Road construction

Once implemented, this new method will ensure quality deliverance by the contractor, increased transparency and a reduction in the chance for corruption.

A committee was appointed during a three-day meeting that ended in Namibian capital Windhoek Friday to formulate guidelines on how to implement the new system.

The association is made up of technical experts and professionals drawn from southern African countries’ transport sector.

Some of the association’s aims are to bring together experts to exchange experiences and discuss ways of improving the region’s road networks.

Last week’s meeting was attended by delegates from Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa.
Talking to the media after the meeting, the association’s chairperson Conrad Lutombi said they need about 104, 000 U.S dollars to implement the new system.

Lutombi said presently, countries in the region are using the traditional method where payment is based on amount of work done and various work items involved.

Long-term performance-based road management and maintenance contracts, Lutombi said, define the minimum conditions of road assets that must be maintained by the contractor.

According to Lutombi, payment is based on how well the contractor manages to comply with the defined performance standards and not on the amount of work and number of services carried out.

“They also define other services such as the collection and management of asset inventory data, emergency response and replies to public requests, complaints and feedback,” Lutombi explained. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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