Non-Proliferation Council report to be late: DTI

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Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies has informed Parliament that the

Annual Report of the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction for the period April 1 2008 to March 31 2009 will be late.

The Council, a statutory body established in terms of the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act 87 of 1993 answer to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Davies says the hold-up “is due to the delay in the reappointment of the Council.”

The minister further noted the Non-Proliferation Act that governs the import, export, production and possession of materiel, including so-called “dual-use” material that can be used to manufacture nuclear and chemical weapons, “is silent with regard to the deadline for tabling of the annual report.”

This is in contrast with the National Conventional Arms Control Act that requires the NCAC Committee to report annually about the previous calendar year by the end of the first quarter of the following year. The NCACC has become somewhat notorious for not observing that statutory deadline.

Davies says once Non-Proliferation Council is appointed, it will “urgently consider the draft report for the above mentioned period.

“The report will be tabled as soon as possible thereafter in the usual format of a published booklet.”



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