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Code of Conduct on Non-Proliferation Activities Drawn Up

March 28, 2022

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

The Code of Conduct for Persons Involved in Controlled Non-Proliferation Activities has been drawn up.

The trade, industry and competition department published the Code of Conduct in Government Gazette 46081 in terms of the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.

The Code is designed to set out the principles of non-proliferation and describe procedures and methods to be followed during the execution of certain activities related to non-proliferation.

The Code focuses on registration with the Council; permit application; comply with permit conditions; return of duly issued permit; submissions of declarations; cooperation with inspectors; cooperation with the board of inquiry; cooperation with the Council; responsibilities by registered persons and acknowledgement of acceptance of Code of Conduct.

Meanwhile, during a briefing in parliament on the Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan, the department emphasized that government’s economic policy will be scaled up focused on structural reform of network industries, expanding and modernizing infrastructure, private-sector investment, localization and exports particularly through the AfCFTA.

The department also pointed out that Covid-19 highlighted South Africa’s vulnerability to global supply chains in strategic areas such as pharmaceuticals, PPEs and vaccines.

However, according to the department, South Africa has both the scientific and industrial capability to localise the products.

“Localisation provides the economies of scale to be able to leverage off production for the domestic market and to enter new export markets.”

The department stressed that “few countries grow export markets without first building a domestic presence”.

“The July unrest strengthened our resolve to build resilient, sustainable value-chains that create the potential for inclusive growth, which remains our key objective in order to create a better life for all.”

The department’s new approach to addressing high unemployment, poverty and inequality and facilitating a speedy economic recovery is premised on three key outcomes, namely, industrialization, transformation and capable state.