Bill Watch 37/2019 In Parliament This Week & Coming up in Parliament This Week 23 July 2019 BILL WATCH 37/2019 [23rd July 2019] Both Houses of Parliament will Continue Sitting This Week E-MAILING VERITAS: A SPECIAL REQUEST Please do not reply to this e-mail by clicking on “Reply”. For all correspondence please use firstname.lastname@example.org. For website and social media information see the end of this bulletin. Marriages Bill Gazetted The Marriages Bill, 2019 [H.B. 7, 2019] was gazetted on Friday 19th July. The Bill can be downloaded from the Veritas website [link]. For our analysis of the Bill see Bill Watch 36/2019 of 22nd July [link]. Bills In Parliament Last Week Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill [link] and Coroner’s Office Bill [link] The National Assembly gave both these Bills their First Readings on Thursday 18th July. They were immediately referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee [PLC] for its reports on their consistency or otherwise with the Constitution. Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency Bill [link] Tuesday 16th July saw major progress on the Second Reading stage, with the presentation of a joint report on the Bill, and on the public hearings held on it, from two Portfolio Committees – (1) Industry and Commerce and (2) Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The joint report was presented by Hon Joshua Sacco, chairperson of the Industry and Commerce committee. The report [link] welcomes the objective of the Bill – to establish a One-Stop Investment Services Centre – but recommends changes to many aspects of it. The changes include a timeframe for operationalisation of the One-Stop Centre and time-frames for completion of registration of investments and licensing [five days is suggested]; the extension of the One-Stop Centre's sector coverage by adding desks representing the health sector, small and medium enterprises, parks and wild life management, tourism and local authorities; changing the composition of the ZIDA Board by having a majority of its members from the private sector, instead of Government; appointment of the Agency’s CEO by the Board, rather than by the President [in order not to undermine the Board]; relaxation of the Bill's present restrictions on employment of non-Zimbabweans, so as to allow investors to have senior personnel of their own choice; the need for ZIDA to decentralise and devolve its operations to provinces and districts under central supervision.