Treasury repeals government travel policy
National Treasury has announced it is extending the implementation date of the National Travel Policy Framework (NTPF) until 31 March 2017. The original date of implementation of the framework was on 01 July 2016. However, several departments requested more time to peruse the NTPF while others voiced concerns regarding certain aspects in the NTPF which they felt needed to be revised.
Recognising the need for further consultation, National Treasury has requested that departments, constitutional institutions and public entities provide comment on the framework by 31 October. National Treasury will also assist institutions to interpret and adapt their policies in line with the NTPF and will conduct a workshop during October to discuss any issues and concerns.
A revised National Travel Policy Framework will be issued by 01 December 2016, after which departments, constitutional institutions and public entities will have until 31 March 2017 to adapt their policies and standard operating procedures to the new framework.
Says Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA: “We are open to any possible improvement to the National Procurement Policy that will deliver savings to government, but also take into consideration the business needs of Travel Management Companies. Without having an understanding of the review that will now take place, ASATA is concerned about the number of changes to policy that further exacerbates the confusion and uncertainty already being experienced.”
ASATA has however noted the intention of Treasury to expand the consultation process. “We remain hopeful that this process will include ASATA which represents almost 90% of the travel sector who serve government’s travel requirements.”
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