January 26, 2016

The controversial Plant Breeders Bill, 2013, which caused some uproar among some major stakeholders in the country would be critically looked at during the 4th Meeting of the 3rd Session of the 6th Parliament which opens on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the meeting’s agenda has revealed.

The Bill which is currently at the Consideration stage of Parliament is expected to be heavily debated and passed during the meeting.

Various interest groups who are either for or against the Bill are expected to make their voices heard once again in the coming weeks following the announcement by Parliament to consider and either approve or reject the policy during the meeting.

Other Bills that are at the consideration stage and are expected to receive some attention by the legislature include; Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2013, Intestate Succession Bill, 2013, Right to Information Bill, 2013, Immigration Service Bill, 2013, National Disaster Management Organisation Bill, 2015 among others.

Below is the summary of the agenda for the 4th Meeting of the 6th Parliament:

The 4th Meeting of the 3rd session of the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic will open on Tuesday, 26th January, 2016. During this meeting, a number of activities are scheduled to take place. There are twenty six (26) Bills which will be at table for presentation; some of these Bills are;

• Ghana School of Law Bill, 2016
• Legal Service Bill, 2016
• Road safety Bill, 2016
• Tax Administration Bill,
• Electronic Communication Bill
• Presidential Transition(Amendment ) Bill, 2016
• Prison Service Bill, 2016 among others.

There are fifteen (15) Bills at Committee which are still being worked on. They include;
• Companies Bill,2013
• Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Bill
• Whistleblower (Amendment) Bill, 2015
• Ghana Aids Commission Bill
• Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill, 2015
• Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2015
• Ghana Deposit Protection Bill, 2015 among others.

Nine (9) Bills are at the Consideration stage. They are;
• Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2013                                                                                                                                            • Intestate Succession Bill, 2013
• Right to information Bill, 2013
• Immigration Service Bill, 2015
• Chieftaincy (Amendment) Bill, 2013
• Plant Breeders Bill, 2013
• Minerals Development Fund Bill, 2014
• National Disaster Management Organisation Bill, 2015
• The Chartered Institute of Taxation Bill, 2014

There are twenty three (23) other instruments to be presented at the meeting, three (3) instruments at the Committee Level and forty one (41) Papers to be presented.

Eight (8) Motions have been tabled for Debate and ninety five (95) other referrals of Bills at the Committee.

During this meeting, the State of the Nation Address will be delivered by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E.John Dramani Mahama. Appropriate Bills will be passed.

Kate Addo (Ms)
Deputy Director, Public Affairs
Parliament of Ghana