Consideration and Adoption of Report on the revised Industrial Policy Action Plan

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Trade and Industry

31 May 2010
Chairperson: Ms J Fubbs (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee convened an urgent meeting to adopt changes to its report on the revised Industrial Action Plan dated 2 June 2010. Changes to paragraphs dealing with scarce skills and the establishment of a skills register were put to the Committee for adoption. Changes to the paragraph on the Committee’s recommendations were also considered for adoption.

The Committee adopted the report with amendments and commented that it was a watershed report that would be the platform of the Committee’s oversight engagement on industrial policy.

Meeting report

The meeting was urgently convened for the Committee to adopt changes that that had been made to its report on the revised Industrial Action Policy Plan (IPAP).The Chairperson referred Members to the technical issues on page 8 and 9 with respect to changes that had been effected thereto.

The Chairperson also directed Members to paragraph 6 of the report dealing with scarce skills. The Committee wanted the Department of Higher Education to work with industry to identify scarce skills. The report had therefore been amended to show that the shortage of critical skills required a coordinated approach between industry and higher educational structures to ensure that appropriate skills were obtained.

The report had also been amended in paragraph 6 to refer to a national skills register that included the registration of individuals who were practicing critical skills, particularly those in the informal sector. It was recognised that the cost of registration could be a challenge.

Mr S Marais (DA) proposed that it was one thing to put such people on a skills register and another to ensure that people who were qualified by experience were accredited. Did this not require that they somehow include accreditation in the statement on registration?

The Chairperson replied that there was already a law in place that allowed one to be accredited. The problem was that such people were not listed on any register. The Chairperson suggested that the report could link national registration with regulations that recognised competency in a statement in the report.

The Chairperson put the adjustments to the recommendations of the Committee contained in paragraph 8 for consideration by the Committee.

The report was a watershed report and would be the platform of the Committee’s oversight engagement in that area.

The Committee adopted its report on the revised Industrial Policy Action Plan dated 2 June 2010 with amendments.

The meeting was adjourned


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