Bill Watch – Parliamentary Committees 12/2014 of 7th March



[12th March 2014]

Committee Meetings Suspended until Monday 17th March

On Tuesday 11th March the presiding officers announced in both the National Assembly and the Senate that all portfolio and thematic committee business had been suspended until next Monday, 17th March.  This means that none of  the meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday will now take place.

The purpose of the suspension is to enable all members of Parliament to attend a special two-day Zim Asset Awareness Seminar at the Harare International Conference Centre on 12th and 13th March.  The presiding officers’ announcement explains the seminar as follows:

The objective of this seminar is to raise awareness among Members of Parliament on the economic trajectory that the Government will take in the next five years as defined in the ZIM ASSET blueprint and their roles as legislators in the economic transformation of Zimbabwe. In particular, the seminar seeks to benefit from the experiences of other countries.

Apart from Members of Parliament, other key stakeholders will attend. The seminar is expected to give a clear direction of both domestic and foreign investment through an appropriate legal framework championed by the oversight and the legislative roles of Parliament.

Next Week’s Committee Meetings

The programme of open meetings for next week will be notified as soon as it becomes available from Parliament.

Next Sittings of National Assembly and Senate

To make way for the Zim Asset Awareness Seminar, neither the National Assembly nor the Senate will meet on 12th and 13th March.

National Assembly  The Assembly will sit next on Tuesday 18th March.

Senate  The Senate will not sit again until Tuesday 25th March.  Item 1 on the Order Paper for that day is the Second Reading speech on the Electoral Amendment Bill  to be delivered by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.


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