Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 17-2015

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 17/2015

[16th May 2015]

Committee Meetings Open to the Public 18th to 21st May

Open meetings scheduled for the period Monday 18th to Thursday 21st May are as indicated below. 

Two meetings – on Wednesday and Thursday mornings – are due to hear from the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment on, respectively, progress in reviewing Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Policy and implementation of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act [see meeting details below, and the special note at the end of this bulletin on Veritas’ updates of the Act and the regulations made under the Act]

Members of the public may attend all these meetings, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. they may observe and listen but not speak.  The meetings are at Parliament in Harare.  If attending, please use the entrance on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets.  Please note that IDs must be produced.

The details given below are based on the latest information from Parliament.  But, as there are sometimes last-minute changes to the meetings schedule, persons wishing to attend should avoid disappointment by checking with the relevant committee clerk [see below] that the meeting is still on and open to the public.  Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 700181 and 252940/1.

Reminder on Emailing Parliament

Members of the public, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions to Parliamentary committees by email addressed to clerk@parlzim.gov.zw

Monday 18th May at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee:  Transport and Infrastructure Development

Oral evidence from Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development on Air Zimbabwe and National Railways of Zimbabwe concerning their operations

National Assembly Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Nduna                        Clerk: Ms Macheza

Monday 18th May at 10 am

Portfolio Committee:  Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Oral evidence from Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry on 15% VAT on hotel accommodation

Committee Room No. 1

Chairperson: Hon A. Ndhlovu                 Clerk: Mr Mazani

Portfolio Committee:  Higher Education, Science and Technology

Oral evidence from Zimbabwe National Farmers Union on their views on Biotechnology

Committee Room No. 3

Chairperson: Hon Mataruse                    Clerk: Mrs Hazvina

Public Accounts Committee

Oral evidence from Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on 2012 and 2013 Comptroller and Auditor-General’s Reports

Committee Room No. 4

Chairperson: Hon Mpariwa                     Clerk: Mrs Nyawo

Monday 18th May at 2 pm

Joint Meeting of Portfolio Committees on (1) Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services and (2) Media, Information and Broadcasting Services

Oral evidence from Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services on the outcome of the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry [IMPI] report, the ZBC Forensic Audit Report and an update on the Digitalisation Programme

National Assembly Chamber

Chairpersons: Hons Chamisa, Dhewa  Clerks: Mr Munjenge, Mr Chiremba

Portfolio Committee:  Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

Oral evidence from Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network [ZESN] and Election Resource Centre [ERC] on electoral reforms in Zimbabwe

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Majome                      Clerk: Ms Zenda-Mudzova

Tuesday 19th May at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Foreign Affairs

Oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, Mr W Manungo, on Government Budgetary Support to Diplomatic Missions

Committee Room No. 3

Chairperson: Hon Midzi                           Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Wednesday 20th May at  10 am

Portfolio Committee:  Industry and Commerce

Oral evidence from the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment on progress made by the Ministry in reviewing the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Policy in order to improve investment opportunities in the country [see note on the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act and regulations below]

National Assembly Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Mhere                         Clerk: Ms Masara

Thursday 21st May at 9 am

Portfolio Committee:  Education, Sport, Arts and Culture

Oral evidence from the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education on the proposed Curriculum Review

National Assembly Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Matangaidze              Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Thursday 21st May at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Oral evidence from  the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment on progress made on the implementation of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act [see note on this Act below]

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Wadyajena                Clerk: Ms Zenda-Mudzova

Updates Available: (1) Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act

(2) Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations

Veritas has prepared updated versions of:

- Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act – incorporating the important amendments made to the Act by the Finance (No. 3) Act [Act 11/2014] at the beginning of 2015 [these amendments were intended to allow greater flexibility in implementation of indigenisation by transferring from the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment to line Ministers the function of prescribing the indigenisation targets and measures applicable to individual sectors of the economy – including the power to gazette notices in terms of section 3(4) of the Act – and assessing implementation plans submitted by businesses]

- SI 21/2010 [the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations] – incorporating:

- the amendments to the original SI made by five sets of amending regulations in 2010, 2011 and 2013 [there have been no further amendments to the regulations since]

- a note on the provisions of Act 11/2014 which provide that SI 21/2010 continues in force subject to such changes as may be required to bring it into compliance with the amendments to the Act, including, where appropriate, the substitution of "line Minister" for the "Minister"

[Both documents are available on the Veritas website www.veritaszim.net.]

Note:  Despite January’s amendments to the Act having been in force for over four months, not one line Minister has gazetted new or revised indigenisation targets/measures specific to his or her sector of the economy.  So the General Notices previously gazetted by the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment are still in force, unchanged.

 

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