Law and order are absolute essentials for effective and sustainable development and growth of South Africa’s maritime economic sector, and the Centre for Policy and Regulatory Affairs plays a most critical role in this regard.’
Essentially, the Centre is responsible for, among other issues;
- Providing assistance to the Department of Transport in drafting and processing of the maritime statutes and policies, leading to the promulgation into laws of South Africa. Further, the Centre also plays a critical role on consultation processes with internal and external stakeholders (government departments and its entities, private stakeholders etc.) in developing legal instruments.
- Advocating for the adoption of international regulations (Conventions, Protocols, Codes etc.) and assist in translating such into national laws including leveraging international best practice.
- Providing regular updates to SAMSA on legislative and regulatory changes. It also conducts research on various legislative and regulatory frameworks that impact on SAMSA and make necessary recommendations.
- Providing legal advice and opinions on maritime related issues as well as on corporate legal matters to government departments upon request.
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