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1. Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the 4th Estate, the Clerk and staff of the National Assembly, and let me take this opportunity to welcome you to this virtual media briefing.
2. The purpose of this media briefing is to share with you the business forecast for the 3rd Meeting of the 2nd Session of the 12th Parliament, also known as the Winter or General meeting. The meeting is expected to commence on Monday 5th July 2021 and it will end on or around the 13th August 2021.
3. Today’s briefing will also highlight matters discussed during the just ended 49th SADC-PF Plenary Assembly Virtual Session.
4. Parliament as one of the three Arms of Government, has a mandate or is regulated to carry out its business despite the hardships that the country is faced with at the moment. Our country is experiencing a high number of COVID’ 19 cases and deaths, and is currently hit by the third wave which is said to be more dangerous than the other waves.
5. As you may be aware, Parliament holds three meetings in a Session and each meeting has its own focus or agenda.
6. The 1st Meeting held in November to December focuses on the State of the Nation Address presented by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana, the second meeting which is held in February to April discusses the National Budget and is presented by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development. The third meeting, also known as the General meeting, is held in July to August, the focus of the meeting is on Law Making. This is the core mandate of Parliament as espoused in Section 86 of the Constitution of the Republic of Botswana. The third meeting concludes a Session of Parliament.
7. As we are about to commence the third meeting, we have since received a number of Bills and other Business from the Executive which will be considered by Parliament. To date I have received 14 Bills, 343 Questions and 5 Policies for consideration. We expect more Bills to be tabled during the course of the meeting.
8. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID 19 pandemic, the meeting will once again be held virtually and the proceedings will be broadcast live on Botswana Television and Radio Botswana and live streamed on social media platforms (BW Parliament Facebook page).
9. I trust that you have also observed that Parliamentary Oversight Committees have followed the set tradition of the virtually meetings.
“Ke dumela gore ke diphetogo tse disha tse eleng gore di le itsa go tla gore bona ka matlho, ntse le re botsa dipotso ka bongwe ka bongwe, mme ke dumela kere fa re ka fenya segajaja se, re ka boela ko botshelong jo nne re bo itse”
9. Other expected business to be considered is the usual Questions and Motions tabled by Members of Parliament, part of which are carried over from the Budget meeting.
10. You may also be aware that Parliament of Botswana has successfully hosted the just ended 49th SADC Parliamentary Forum Virtual Plenary Assembly from the 25th to 27th June 2021. The theme for the Plenary Assembly was
“Leveraging the AFCTA for post COVID Economic Recovery in Southern Africa: The role of SADC-PF and National Parliaments”.
As would be the tradition, the Assembly received Statements of solidarity from other Sister Parliaments in East Africa, West Africa, Pan African Parliament and the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. The focus of the statements provided different perspectives on theme, and served as referral documents for discussions which ensued thereafter.
The Assembly also received Reports from the Standing Committees and deliberated on Motions from Members.
Resolutions of the Plenary will be communicated in writing by the Secretariat to all the Member Parliaments.
It is expected that the resolutions of the Plenary once received will be domesticated and implemented by all Member Parliaments to improve the livelihoods and economies of the SADC Region.
11. Lastly, let me thank you all for gracing this event and encourage you to follow COVID 19 protocols. Stay home and stay safe.
I wish you a blessed day!