Government will enforce localisation in future0
Once a product has been designated for local production, all organs of state have to comply with the requirements of local content. This was said by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies during the department’s 2016/17 Annual Report presentation to the Portfolio Committee of Trade and Industry in Parliament, Cape Town. Minister Davies said to ensure that public entities or organs of state comply with the requirements National Treasury is tasked with the responsibility of issuing instruction/circulars on localisation. Currently government has designated 21 commodities for local content.
The 2017 Preferential Procurement, in particular Regulation 14 deals with non-compliance on issues of local content and other conditions of the contract. Minister Davies has called on the public to report any incident of non-compliance on local content as government cannot act if there is no evidence or reports.The organ of state can cancel the contract if there is non-compliance after a due process.
In the forthcoming Public Procurement Bill that is led by the National Treasury, the area of compliance will be beefed including consequences for non-compliance.
Davies said moving forward localisation will remain as policy of government and that the department’s concern is to always try to do what it can to exert influence and not take decision which will undermine localisation.
“Localisation is one of the levers that South Africa has identified as a tool to fastrack industrialisation. As South African government we are not signatory to the World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement which does allow localisation polices,” added Minister Davies.
According to Davies, there are number of localisation successes that can be pointed out such as one being the Bus Recapitalisation scheme where buses were manufactured in South Africa, including the procurement of locally manufactured steel and the clothing and textile sectors, and local pharmaceutical companies that benefitted from the policy.
Minister Davies stated that government cannot impose location policy on the private sector.
“Area of concern is still that under the trade relations investment measures under the WTO as a country we can’t impose localisation on the private sector. We have to use other tools like working together with Proudly South Africa, the private sector and manufacturing sector to engage them on the implementation and also pursue more retailers to come on board too,” added Davies.
The dti has spent 99,62% of its allocated budget of R10.3 billion comprising mainly of incentives schemes, where disbursement to the Black Industrialists programme over R3 billion of investments were leveraged and 7000 jobs were created.
The portfolios overall audit outcomes have improved due to the commitment of leadership and management. In addition, nine of the dti agencies that also achieved clean audits are the Companies Tribunal, National Consumer Tribunal, National Gambling Board, National Lotteries Commission, National Metrology Institute of South Africa, National Empowerment Fund, Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa Limited and the South African National Accreditation System. Minister Davies has embraced the concept of clean audits and endeavours to strive towards continuous improvement.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.
Source: South Africa