Official Trips Abroad by Deputy Director-General, Dr Anil Sooklal

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO:695

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 OF 20 MAY 2005

Mrs S M Camerer (DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:

(1) (a) How many official trips abroad have been undertaken by her Deputy Director-General, Dr Anil Sooklal since January 2003, (b) what are the (i) details and (ii) purpose of these trips and (c) on how many of these trips was the said Deputy Director-General accompanied by his wife;

(2) whether any other family members accompanied him and his wife on any of these visits; if so, (a) which family members, (b) on which trips, (c) why and (d) what was the cost to the State in each case;

(3) whether his wife paid for her own travel costs; if not, (a) why not, (b) on which occasions were such travel costs not paid for by her and (c) what was the cost to her department in each case?

N910E

REPLY:

(1) (a) 18
(b) See attached schedule for details and purpose
(c) 6

(2) No

(3) Dr Sooklal paid for all expenses related to his spouse when she accompanied him on trips overseas. At no time was any additional departmental funds utilised to pay for expenses related to his spouse accompanying him.

TRAVEL SCHEDULE
Dr Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General: Asia & th Middle East
Department of Foreign Affairs

01 January 2003 to 25 May 2005

Country Visited
Date
Purpose of VisitAccompanied by Dr Singh-Sooklal
 FROMTO  
2003
Ethiopia03/03/0305/03/03TICAD III Preparatory MeetingNo
Indonesia25/07/0301/08/03To attend the AASROC 1 - Ministerial MeetingNo
Malaysia30/08/0304/09/03Accompany the President on his State VisitNo
Japan26/09/0302/10/03TICAD III No
India10/10/0320/10/03Accompany the Minsiter and President on a State Visit to IndiaNo
Qatar20/10/0322/10/03Accompany the Minister on a visit to QatarNo
2004
Brazil11/02/0414/02/04Attend the IBSA Meetings in Brazil

No

India27/02/0407/03/04Asia Regional Heads of Mission Conference and India Brazil SA (IBSA) Ministerial MeetingYes
South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore12/06/0427/06/04SA and South Korea Policy Consultative Meeting: AASROC Senior Officials' Meeting & Trade & Investment Training Course in Singapore

Yes
Only to Singapore

Sri Lanka & Thailand21/08/0404/09/04IOR-ARC Meeting and Senior Officials' Consultations in Thailand and Audit Exit meeting at the Embassy in BangkokYes
China, Korea, Japan19/09/0402/10/04Three delegations from the Department of Foreign Affairs to participate in official visits to North Korea, China & JapanNo
Australia, New Zealand24/10/0430/10/04Senior Officials' MeetingNo
Oman, Kuwait, Indonesia30/11/0412/12/04To accompany the Minister of Foreign AffairsNo
2005
India07/02/0513/02/0516th International Engineering and Technology FairYes
Indonesia, Singapore 25/02/0503/03/05Meetings of Senior Officials in preparation for the Asian-African SummitYes
Indonesia27/03/0502/04/05Meetings of Senior Officials in preparation for the Asian-African SummitNo
Indonesia16/04/0527/04/05Attend the Asian-African Summit in IndonesiaYes
Middle East Countries09/05/0519/05/05Accompany the Minister on her visit to the Middle EastNo

 

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