ATC130509: Report of the Select Committee on Finance on the Appointment of Director for the Parliamentary Budget Office, dated 09 May 2013
REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE, DATED 09
1. The Parliamentary Budget Office
Section 15 of the Money Bills
Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act,
Act No. 9 of
2009 (the Act), establishes
the Parliamentary Budget Office. The Parliamentary Budget Office must
provide an independent, objective, professional advice and analysis to
Parliament on matters related to the budget and other money Bills. It also
makes it the responsibility of the Director to manage the Parliamentary Budget
Office. The Director must be appointed by resolution of both Houses of
Parliament, after a recommendation of the Committees on Finance and
Appropriations of both Houses. In terms of subsection 15(7) of the Act, any
committee considering making such recommendation contemplated in the Act must
do so in an open and transparent manner. In addition, the aforementioned
Committees must also recommend to the Houses of Parliament the conditions of
service for the appointee.
2. Setting up of Budget Office and Appointment of Director
May 2012, the National Assembly, citing technical
challenges that have become apparent during the implementation of the Act,
passed a resolution instructing the Standing Committee on Finance (the
Committee) to review the Act with a view to introduce amending legislation if
A Political Task Team was appointed
to advise the Houses on the implementation of the Act, and to consider pertinent
aspects relating to the implementation of the Act. The matter of the
appointment of the Director to the Parliamentary Budget Office also received
the attention of the Task Team.
Since May 2012, Professor M I
was seconded from the Development Bank of South
Africa (DBSA) to assist Parliament in the process of setting up the Parliamentary
The project led by Prof.
has been able to outline and clarify the functions
and scope of the office, design an operational structure, establish networks
with external stakeholders and engage political parties and relevant
The Task Team was satisfied with the
work that Prof.
has accomplished within a
limited period of time and resources. In addition, the Task Team was of the
view that it was important to ensure continuity in the work that has been
initiated. To this end, the Task Team recommended to the four Committees
charged with the responsibility of identifying the Director for the Parliamentary
Budget Office to consider Prof.
holds a PhD in Economics and obtained experience and expertise in economic
development, economic policy formulation, and public and development
management. He served as a senior economic planning specialist at the DBSA, was
appointed Deputy Director General: Office of the
joined the South African business sector representative group, the National
Business Initiative, as Director of Economics. From 2003 to 2005, Prof.
was seconded by the South African Presidency as Chief
Economist and Head of Policy, Strategy and Research of the New Partnership for
African Development (NEPAD) Secretariat. From 2005 to 2010, Prof.
was a Professor at the
Since May 2010, Prof.
has been employed at the DBSA as Divisional
Executive: Policy and Integration. In addition to being appointed to the
National Presidential Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Advisory
serves on various Boards
Water Board and
Director: Small Business Project.
4. Committees Deliberations
The Select Committee on Finance
deliberated on the recommendations of the Task Team, and on Prof.
profile. In reaching its decision on the matter,
the Committee took into consideration the substantive interactions that Prof.
has had with the different political parties and with
individual members, his extensive expertise in finance and economics, and the
degree of professionalism with which he has conducted his work over the past
eleven months. Based on the above points, the Select Committee on Finance is of
the view that Prof.
is a suitable candidate to
head the Parliamentary Budget Office.
The Committee having engaged and
tested the suitability of Prof.
as the Director
of the Parliamentary Budget Office, recommended that he be offered a 5 year
employment contract to head the office in line with section 15 (5) (b) of the
5. Conclusion and Recommendation
In accordance with subsections 15(5)
(a) and (b) of the Act, the Select Committee on Finance recommends as follows:
That Professor MI
appointed as Director of
the Parliamentary Budget Office.
That the appointment of the Director
of the Parliamentary Budget Office
to agreement to a 5 year performance based renewable contract with the conditions
of service (including salary and allowance) being substantially the same as
those of the top rank of the public service as per subsection 15(5)(b) of the
Report to be considered.
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