Reforms make progress

Reforms make progress

MASERU – THE National Dialogue Planning Committee (NDPC) says by September 3 it would have received report from experts hired to distill submissions from Basotho.
In a statement on Tuesday the NDPC said the experts will be appointed on tomorrow (Friday).
The committee said it will work with the government to appoint the experts.
The experts will draft the reports which will focus on seven thematic areas of the reforms, the committee said.
The experts will pay special attention to the diverse oral and written submissions from Basotho in the consultative process and other relevant documents that have a bearing on the seven thematic areas.
“Before 23rd August the work of the experts will be completed,” the statement reads.

“All the reports and information which will be handed over to the experts will be validated by all stakeholders after their technical committee meeting,” said the statement.
Draft reports will be submitted to the NDPC, the chairperson of the facilitation team and government on or before September 3rd, the press statement says.
The SADC facilitation team may engage the NDPC and the experts with a view to assist, improve, enhance and guide the preparatory documents to be ready for National Dialogue.
The statement says the NDPC and the government must take reasonable and practical measures to publish and disseminate the documents at least one week before the dialogue.
All parties have undertaken to ensure that they do not prejudice the process and will conduct themselves in the utmost faith and trust, the statement said.
Another National Dialogue Forum will be held on the 3rd and 4th of September to consider the preparatory documents for the National Dialogue Multi-stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary II.

The statement was published after the NDPC held a two-day National Leaders Forum at Avani Maseru.
The forum started on Tuesday and wrapped up yesterday.
This followed an agreement that was made early July in Maseru to prepare for convening of the National Leaders Forum.
It was also agreed that there would be an establishment of an authority which would be entrusted with the implementation of the decisions of the National Dialogue after the dissolution of the disestablishment of the NDPC.

The statement said the Leaders Forum is aimed at preparing draft legislation and passes it in parliament to give effect to the creation of the independent entity.
The plenary of the Multi Stakeholder National Dialogue slated for the 16th to 18th next month (September) this year.
So the draft bill has been presented to the forum and its broad principles in relation to its various provisions with proposed amendment have been adopted.
The press statement further says the draft bill will be presented to the Cabinet for approval and submission to parliament and it will be passed on or before August 9.

’Mamakhooa Rapolaki

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