National Council to review four bills

08 May 2017 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – Four bills will be reviewed and debated in the National Council from Tuesday.
The Eight Session of the Fifth National Council (NC) resumed on Monday.
Chairperson of the NC, Margaret Mensah-Williams said during the opening of the NC on Monday, as individual lawmakers, the NC has come up with strategies on how to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which also address the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
Mensah-Williams said the council’s role is crucial in successfully implementing the United Nations’ SDGs locally.
“Through our oversight function, we can monitor and ensure that government at all levels incorporates SDGs into its developmental projects and public services,” she said.
The NC will during this session review and debate the Appropriation Bill of 2017; the Nature Conservation Amendment Bill of 2016; Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill of 2017; and the Witness Protection Bill of 2017.
The Appropriation Bill of N.dollars 57 540 138 000 for the 2017/18 financial year was passed in the National Assembly in March this year, and will meet the financial requirements of the State during the financial year ending 31 March 2018.
The Nature Conservation Amendment Bill is aimed at providing for a proper administrative, legal and procedural framework for tourism concessions in protected areas and other State land; controlling the import and export of live game or animals; and increasing penalties for wildlife crimes.
Meanwhile, the Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill of 2017 is aimed at protecting the rights of local communities over biological and genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge; and to establish the necessary administrative structure and processes for the implementation and enforcement of such principles.
The Witness Protection Bill of 2017 will amongst others provide for the establishment of a witness protection advisory committee and a witness protection fund.
The House is also expected to scrutinise regional reports during this session.