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SELECT COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
13 September 2000
REPORT ON BANKS; UNECE AGREEMENT ON WHEELED VEHICLES: DISCUSSION
These minutes have been compiled by Ms J Pillay, Committee Secretary of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs
The Chairperson welcomed members and members of the public. He introduced Ms Jillian Pillay as the new secretary for the Committee.
Members were informed of the Public Hearings being conducted by the Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy, on the Abolition of the Lebowa Minerals Trust Bill [B 49 - 2000]. These public hearings are scheduled to take place at the Lebowa Gomo Government Buildings in Lebowa on 22 September 2000.
It was decided that a delegation from the Select Committee will attend and members were asked to confirm with the Committee secretary in order to facilitate travel arrangements.
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of the report of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Hearings on the Promotion of the SMME sector and the Role of Banks.
Mr Moosa indicated that the title of the report should read as follows: "The Report of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry and the Select Committee on Economic Affairs arising out of the Public Hearings on the Promotion of the SMME sector and the Role of Banks"
Discussion centred around the issue of micro - lending. It was indicated that this issue needs to be fully discussed and the relevant role players be invited to address the Committee.
The Chairperson moved: That the Committee adopt the report with the amended title.
Agreed to, Democratic Party abstained. (see attachment)
It was decided that the report be circulated to the provinces, as on 19 September 2000 this report would be debated in the Council.
The Committee proceeded with the consideration of the subject of the UNECE Agreements on Wheeled Vehicles.
Members indicated that they would approve the said agreements but that research needed to be undertaken regarding reviewing the work of those who prepare the UNECE regulations on motor vehicle safety.
Mr Fenyane moved: That the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on the UNECE 1958 Agreement on Wheeled Vehicles, dated 13 September 2000 as follows:
The Select Committee on Economic Affairs, having considered the request for approval by Parliament of the Agreement of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe concerning the adoption of uniform technical prescriptions for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts which can be fitted and/or be used on wheeled vehicles and the conditions for reciprocal recognition of approvals granted on the basis of these prescriptions, referred to, recommends that the Council, in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, approve the said agreement.
Report to be considered and agreed to.
Mr Conroy moved: That the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on the UNECE Global Agreement on Wheeled Vehicles, dated 13 September 2000 as follows:
The Select Committee on Economic Affairs, having considered the request for approval by
Parliament of the Agreement of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe concerning
the establishment of Global Technical Regulations for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts
which can be fitted and/or be used on wheeled vehicles, referred to it, recommends that the
Council, in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution, approve the said Agreement.
Report to be considered and agreed to.
The meeting was adjourned.
Dr E A Conroy
Mr M V Moosa (Chairperson)
Mr J L Theron
Mr N M Raju (alternate member)
Mr G A Lucas
Mr S L E Fenyane
Mr Z S Kolweni
Mr K D S Durr
Apologies were received from the following members Ms B N Dulane, Mr T S Setona, Mr M J Bhengu, and Mr A E van Niekerk.
The following persons were in attendance:
Ms Saroj Naidoo, Parliamentary Officer: Department of Trade and Industry;
Mr Chris Newton, Representative: Legi-Link.
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