Submission by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of its report to the Central Drug Authority (CDA) for the 2011-12 Annual Report

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 3370 (NW4269E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO42-2012 OF 23 NOVEMBER 2012

Mrs PC Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

  1. Whether her department has submitted its report to the Central Drug Authority (CDA) for the 2011-12 annual report; if not, why not; if so, when;

  2. what are the reasons for her department’s failure to attend meetings of the CDA in the 2011-12 financial year?

REPLY:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has, over the last four years, been submitting its inputs in the form of Mini Drug Master Plans to the Department of Social Development (DSD) for integration into the CDA Annual Report to Parliament as well as to the development of the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP).  The most recent of such inputs was submitted to the DSD on 25 September 2012 for incorporation into the Annual Report of the CDA.

DIRCO has not failed to attend meetings of the CDA.  The Chairperson of the CDA is an official of DIRCO.  On the few occasions since 2005 where the Chairperson was unable to attend, it was largely owing to his international commitments in terms of the DIRCO mandate.  On these occasions, formal apologies were tendered to the Secretariat of the CDA which is located at the DSD and proper substitute arrangements were made on all such occasions.

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