Development programmes for small businesses and co-operatives run by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and its entities reporting to it, the amount budgeted, and the amount of jobs to be created through these development programmes in the 2016-17 financial year
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 1397 (NW1545E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 14-2016 OF 13 MAY 2016
Mr BR Topham (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
Whether (a) her department and (b) all entities reporting to her are running development programmes for (i) small businesses and (ii) co-operatives; if not, why not; if so, in each case, (aa) what are the relevant details, (bb) what amount has been budgeted and (cc) how many jobs will be created through the specified development programmes in the 2016-17 financial year?
The reply to the question is as follows:
(a) The department does not run development programme as its constitutional mandate is outward focused in implementing foreign policy.
(b) African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund, does not run development programme, suffice to say that, in the disbursement of funds for approved projects with regard to Humanitarian Assistance, emphasise is made to procure goods locally, in supporting SMME and small scale farmers.