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Open meetings 10-14 May – Bill Watch Special
May 08, 2010
House of Assembly
Portfolio Committees and Senate Thematic Committees: Open Meetings10th
to 14th May
This bulletin is based on the latest information provided by Parliament
Late on 7th May. Last-minute changes are, however, possible. So,
if you wish to Attend any of the following meetings, Veritas recommends
that you avoid possible disappointment by first checking with the
relevant committee clerk that the meeting is still on and open to
the public. Parliament's telephone numbers are Harare +263 4 700181
or +263 4 252936-55.
meetings are open to members of the public, as observers only, not
as participants. [See note at the end of this bulletin on public
attendance and participation at different types of committee meetings.]
10th May at 10 am
Committee: Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism
from Hotel Association of Zimbabwe
Hon P. Dube
Portfolio Committee: Mines and Energy
from Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution
Co Senate Chamber
10th May at 2 pm
Committee: Budget, Finance, Economic Planning and Investment
from (i) Cross Border Association, (ii) Zimbabwe Tourism Authority,
(iii) Transport Operators Association, (iv) Shipping and Forwarders
11th May at 10 am
Committee: Agriculture, Water, Lands and Resettlement
Brief from Zimbabwe
Agricultural Technicians Association
Committee: Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International
from Ministry of Regional Integration and International Trade on
First Quarter Budget Performance Report
Highlights of Recent Committee Meetings
Committee on Defence and Home Affairs heard evidence from the Permanent
Secretary for Home Affairs and a ZRP Deputy Commissioner on the
ZRP's need for additional resources and funding to provide security
to the constitution outreach process [US$ 3 million]. The Deputy
Commissioner said "Intelligence that we have is that there
might be violence because there are some people opposed to the current
constitutional process and others are in support and that is a fertile
ground for violence". Draft Committee Reports being Considered
will meet in closed session this week to consider draft reports
for presentation to the Senate or the House of Assembly in due course.
Drafts on the following topics are under consideration: access to
treatment for HIV/AIDS [Thematic Committee on HIV/AIDS]; operations
of informal traders [Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment];
implementation of Ministry of Higher Education cadetship scheme
and provision of scholarships [Portfolio Committee on Higher Education,
Science and Technology]; operations of NSSA and benefits accruing
to workers [Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social
Welfare]; the justice delivery system [Portfolio Committee on Justice,
Legal Affairs, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs]; the seed
and fertiliser industry [Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce];
the state of the public media [Portfolio Committee on Media, Information
and Communication Technology]; the state of SMEs in Zimbabwe [Portfolio
Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises]; early childhood development
[Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture].
Attendance at and Participation in Committee Meetings
and thematic committee meetings in which the committees are doing
private business - e.g. setting workplans, deliberating on reports
and findings, or drafting reports for Parliament, or when the
committees make field visits - are not open to the public.
and thematic committee meetings where oral evidence is being heard
are open to the public to attend as observers only. If attending,
please use the Kwame Nkrumah Ave entrance to Parliament. IDs must
- At some committee
meetings stakeholders [and those who notify Parliament that they
consider themselves stakeholders and are accepted as such] are
invited to make oral or written representations and ask questions.
These meetings will be highlighted in these notices.
- When committees
call for public hearings, members of the public are free to submit
oral or written representations, ask questions and generally participate.
Veritas sends out separate notices of these public hearings.
Zimbabweans in the Diaspora can send in written submissions
to stakeholders' meetings if they consider themselves stakeholders,
and to public hearings, by emailing their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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