29 January 2013

South Africa: Regulation Course Will Boost Government Capacity - Deputy Minister Thabethe

press release

The Regulation, Enforcement and Compliance course that the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has arranged in conjunction with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) for officials performing regulatory and enforcement functions will go to great lengths in enabling regulators to address government's challenges and shortcomings regarding regulation, enforcement and compliance of its policies. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe at the launch of the course in Pretoria last night.

"The course will also contribute significantly to the skills and competencies required by the CIPC and other regulatory agencies and will also create a platform for better alignment and integration between the regulators," said Thabethe.

Fifty officials will attend the three-day interactive course which commenced at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research premises in Pretoria today. It is presented by Professor Malcolm K. Sparrow, a Harvard University Graduate with expertise in Regulatory and Enforcement Strategy.

Interactive discussions during the course will assist delegates to explore performance management, mapping the regulatory landscape, and the various categories of risks in the regulatory landscape.

"If the decisions you are required to make were to be blissful by nature, then there would not be a need for your existence. You need to know that as regulators you are designed to never be surprised by conflict. You are an anomaly in the context of customer services. In order to be effective regulators you will de demanded to make unpopular decisions," Professor Sparrow advised the officials.

In conclusion Thabethe expressed her anticipation in receiving empowered delegates at the completion of the course. She said she trusted that the knowledge that the officials will acquire will inspire them to serve their country best and enable government to deal with difficult regulatory matters and make a difference to all the clients.

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