NCOP Trade and International Relations

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Oversight responsibility of Trade and International Relations Select Committee

This Select Committee is responsible for oversight of the Departments of:

Trade

Tourism

International Relations


THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)
The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).

Working in Committees allows Parliament to:
Increase the amount of work that can be done
Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions
Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions
Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work
Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament
Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.
Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.

The different committees have one or more of the following functions:
They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable
They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills
They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions
They consider international treaties and agreements
They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest
They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.

THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT

Portfolio Committees
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.

The role of Portfolio Committees is to:
consider Bills,
deal with departmental budget votes,
oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.

The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.

Select Committees
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.

Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.

Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.

Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.

Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.

The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.

Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.

Internal Committees
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.

The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.

Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.

Joint Committees
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.

The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.

The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.

No results.

15 Nov 2017 Companies and Intellectual Property Commission 2016/17 Annual Report
08 Nov 2017 DIRCO & African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund 2016/17 Annual Report, with Minister
01 Nov 2017 National Department of Tourism Annual Report 2016/17, with Deputy Minister
18 Oct 2017 Department of Trade and Industry 2016/17 Annual Report
02 Aug 2017 Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2017/18 to 2019/20 briefing
28 Jun 2017 SA Tourism on its Annual Performance Plan, with Deputy Minister
21 Jun 2017 National Empowerment Fund on its Annual Performance Plan
14 Jun 2017 National Consumer Commission on its Annual Performance Plan
30 May 2017 ATC170530: Joint oversight Report to Mpumalanga, Nkangala District by the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations, and Select Committee on Economic and Business Development, dated 30 May 2017
10 May 2017 ATC170510: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on Budget No 34: Trade and Industry, and Annual Performance Plan 2017/18 of the Department of Trade and Industry, dated 10 May 2017
03 May 2017 ATC170503: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on Budget No 33: Tourism, and Annual Performance Plan 2017/18 of the Department of Tourism, dated 3 May 2017
22 Feb 2017 ATC170222: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on South Africa’s Protocol of Accession to the Agreement Establishing the Advisory Centre on World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law (ACWL), dated 22 February 2017
05 May 2016 ATC160504: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Protocol Amending the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including Annex 1A on the Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and the establishment of the National Committee on Trade Facilitation, dated 4 May 2016
13 Apr 2016 ATC160413: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on Budget Vote No 33: Tourism and Annual Performance Plan 2016/17 of the Department of Tourism, dated 13 April 2016
24 Nov 2015 ATC151124; Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Protection of Investment Bill [B18B-2015], dated 24 November 2015:
24 Nov 2015 ATC151124: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on The World Trade Organisation’s Decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips) Agreement and Public Health, dated 24 November 2015:
29 Oct 2015 ATC151029: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Amendments to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Agreement of 2002 to Institutionalise the SACU Summit, dated 28 October 2015
23 Sep 2015 ATC150923: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Additional Protocol to the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) between the European Community (EC) and its member states of the one part, and the Republic of South Africa, of the other part, to take account of the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union and the Explanatory Memorandum thereto, dated 23 September 2015
18 Feb 2015 ATC150818: A Joint Report by the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations, and Select Committee on Economic and Business Development on their Joint Oversight visit to Northern Cape and Limpopo Provinces 21 - 24 October 2014
16 Jul 2014 ATC140717: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2014/2015 of the Department of Tourism – Vote 35, dated 16 July 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140717: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Budget Vote and Annual Performance Plan 2014/2015 of the Department of Trade and Industry – Vote 36, dated 9 July 2014
25 Mar 2014 ATC140325: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the National Credit Amendment Bill [B 47B – 2013] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 25 March 2014:
26 Feb 2014 ATC140226: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Legal Metrology Bill [B 34B – 2013] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 26 February 2014:
05 Feb 2014 ATC140205: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Special Economic Zones Bill [B 3B – 2013] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 5 February 2014:
12 Nov 2013 ATC131112: Second Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill [B 8B – 2010] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 12 November 2013:
12 Nov 2013 ATC131112: Second Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Tourism Bill [B 44B – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 12 November 2013:
29 Oct 2013 ATC131030: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade Services, dated 29 October 2013.
09 Oct 2013 ATC131009: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill [B 8B – 2010] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 9 October 2013:
09 Oct 2013 ATC131009: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Bill [B 42B – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 9 October 2013:
31 Jul 2013 ATC130805: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the Special Economic Zones Bill [B 3 - 2013], dated 31 July 2013:
24 Jul 2013 ATC130730: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Tourism Bill [B 44B – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 24 July 2013:
24 Jul 2013 ATC130815: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Tourism Bill [B 44B – 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 24 July 2013:
15 May 2013 ATC130517: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on Budget Vote 35: Tourism and on Annual Performance Plan 2013/14 of the Department of Tourism, dated 15 May 2013
08 May 2013 ATC130510: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on Budget Vote 36: Trade and Industry and on Annual Performance Plan 2013/14 of the Trade and Industry Department, dated 8 May 2013
27 Feb 2013 ATC130227: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Co-operatives Amendment Bill [B 17B – 2012] (National Assembly – Section 75), dated 27 February 2013
20 Feb 2013 ATC130220: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Agreement on the amendment of annex IV and VI of the Trade Development and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of South Africa, on the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, on the other part, regarding certain agricultural products, dated 20 February 2013
05 Nov 2012 ATC121106: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Agreement amending for the second time the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, dated 5 November 2012
08 Aug 2012 ATC120808: Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Cuba on Economic Assistance, dated 8 August 2012
16 Nov 2011 ATC111116: Report Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill [B 8B – 2010]
14 May 2010 ATC100514: Report Joint Oversight Visit wiith Select Committee on Economic Development to Kwazulu-Natal - Mtubatuba & Umhlautuze Municipalities
21 Apr 2010 ATC100421: Report Medium-Term Strategic Framework (2010-2013) and Budget Vote 35 of the Department of Trade & Industry
21 Apr 2010 ATC100421: Report Medium-Term Strategic Framework (2010/11-2012/13) and Budget Vote 34 of the Department of Tourism
16 Mar 2010 ATC100316: Report Companies Amendment Bill [B 40B – 2010]
12 Nov 2009 ATC091112: Report Accession to the Revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement
16 Sep 2009 ATC090916: Report Conventions on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space & International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects
29 Jun 2009 ATC090629: Report Budget Vote 32 & Medium Term Strategic Framework 2009
Report: Accession to African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

There are no calls for comments at this time.

There are no questions at this time.

2017 17 meetings Attendance rate 58%
2016 18 meetings 96%
2015 18 meetings 100%
2014 14 meetings 99%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary to Committee

Hlupeka Mtileni

Tel: 021 403 8077

Cell: 083 709 8448

E-mail: hmtileni@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Zoliswa Mpana

Tel: 021 403 2856

Cell: 083 709 8421

E-mail: zmpana@parliament.gov.za

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