South African membership in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD)
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25 OF 8 OCTOBER 2004
R TALJAARD (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Whether South Africa
will seek membership and/or observer status in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
An interdepartmental working group, reporting to the
IRPS Economic Development Committee, has been engaged in extensive consultations
on all aspects of South Africa's current and future relations with the OECD in
The consultations have concluded that, though South Africa should
not consider full membership of the organisation at this stage, increased co-operation
with the individual OECD Committees would be of great technical benefit. South
Africa already enjoys Official Observer Status in the respective Committees for
Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) and that for Fiscal Affairs (CFA).
Owing to the nature of the organisation's work, it is not possible for a country
to become an overall observer to the OECD. However, national Departments would
be encouraged to actively explore the work of and pursue application for Official
Observer Status in those individual OECD Committees relevant to their portfolios
as the access to and participation in a wide range of these technical committees
would significantly hone South African skills and knowledge.