THE MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS TO HOST A PROVINCIAL LIQUOR SUMMIT

written byPumlani Fani

Media alert

28 February 2017

THE MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS TO HOST A PROVINCIAL LIQUOR SUMMIT

The MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs will host a Provincial Liquor Summit on 5 to 7 March 2017 at the East London ICC. The purpose of the Summit is to provide a platform for stakeholder engagement on how to enhance liquor regulation in the Province of the Eastern Cape. Among the key objectives of the Summit are:

 To share expert knowledge and best practices on liquor regulation;
 To streamline roles of various spheres of government and different departments in liquor regulation;
 To discuss and resolve on strategies to mitigate the harmful effects of the abuse of alcohol (Learn at best practices);
 To discuss and adopt the National Norms and Standards with a view to align the new/amended legislation;
 To re-examine the license fee structure in line with the developmental agenda of government; and
 To discuss the role of the liquor industry in developing the new entrants into the liquor industry

A broad range of stakeholders is expected to attend the Summit, including the national Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which will be represented by Minister Rob Davies (who will also be a Guest Speaker).
The first day of the Summit, (5 March) will include registration of delegates, which will commence at 12h00, and at 15h00 will be the official opening of the Summit. Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle will deliver the keynote address on 6 March. Soon after the keynote, three commissions will breakaway to look specifically at the following themes:

1) Promotion of industry,
2) Regulatory framework, Legislation, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, and
3) mechanism to reduce harm.

We envisage that outcomes of the Summit will streamline liquor regulatory framework in the Province of the Eastern Cape, and further provide strategies on how to reduce liquor related socio-economic harm.

For further information, you can contact Msiya Mgwebi at Mgwebi.msiya@eclb.co.za 0605016418/0437000900

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