National Assembly resuming on Tuesday

07 Sep 2015 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – The second session of the National Assembly (NA) resumes its business on Tuesday.
The Speaker of the NA, Professor Peter Katjavivi, issued a media statement on Monday in which he informed media houses that the second session of the Sixth Parliament resumes on Tuesday at 14h30.
Amongst others, the Civil Aviation Bill of 2015 and Public Procurement Bill of 2015 will be dealt with during the session.
Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb introduced the Civil Aviation Bill in the NA in June this year.
In his introduction of the Bill tabled for discussion by Members of Parliament (MPs), he said the Bill is a much-needed development for the better governance and development of civil aviation safety and security in Namibia.
Outlining some of the features of the Civil Aviation Bill and further explaining why it is important that it be enacted at the earliest opportunity, !Naruseb said the current Aviation Act of 1962 is more than half-a-century old and thus long overdue for revision.
He made it clear that whilst it draws on models used elsewhere in the world, it is observant of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) model Act but is first and foremost directed at serving the needs of the Namibian people.
Some of the key features include the establishment of a standalone Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in the place of the current Directorate of Civil Aviation.
The Public Procurement Bill is aimed at regulating Government’s procurement of goods and services in the country and it further seeks to establish the Procurement Policy Office, the Central Procurement Board, the procurement committees and procurement management units, and provide for their powers and functions.
Katjavivi also announced that a book titled: “Promoting respect for International Humanitarian Law - a Handbook for Parliamentarians in the Republic of Namibia” – will be launched by the Namibian Red Cross Society on Tuesday at 15h00 at the Parliament Building.