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SARA RAIL 2012, 6 - 8 November - MOZAMBIQUE, MAPUTO, INDY VILLAGE - "Promoting Seamless Integration of Rail Road and, Port Transport Services in Southern Africa"

The Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is an association of railways in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) formed in 1996 to promote the business interests of regional railways. This was following recognition of the need to establish a strong lobby group to pursue advocacy for fair surface transport competition and service delivery by railways. Subsequently, Article 13.13 of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (PTCM) consolidated the existence and need for SARA as it gave effect to the formation of regional associations to facilitate collaboration with other stakeholders. The Vision and Mission of SARA is to be the leader in the promotion of trade, movement of goods and passengers, and a catalyst for economic growth in the SADC region by facilitating the creation of an environment conducive for improved performance of railways sector and making rail the mode of choice.

In terms of specific Objectives, SARA seeks to promote the railway industry in SADC to enable it to provide safe, integrated, cost effective and predictable one stop seamless services by advocating for fair surface transport policies, harmonising policies, promoting safety and alliances for the exchange of technical information, skills development and promoting alliances with other modes of transport where opportunities exist in order to achieve synergy and provide total logistical solutions. SARA members include railway operators (both private and state owned) for freight and passengers (tourists included), railway regulators, railway asset holding companies, railway customers and suppliers. Key SARA stakeholders are its customers, governments, regulators, collaborating partners, railway employees, suppliers and the communities in which the member railways exist.

To meet its objectives and expectations of key players and stakeholders, SARA will provide a number of services and key activities as outlined below.

Transportation services for freight & passenger services
Advocacy and Lobbying
Consultancy services
Regional Information System
Information Services
For details about the Southern African Railways Association please visit


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