PPDA audits MDAs on 60:40 law ompliance
The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) is auditing government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) over compliance to the 60:40 provision in the PPDA Act.
On July 1, 2019, the PPDA issued a circular, pushing for enforcement of Section 44 of the PPDA Act.
The provision talks about giving local businesses a chance to access 60 percent of government business.
PPDA Chief Executive Officer, Elias Hausi said that there has been excitement among local businesses and some procurement entities.
“The audits are part of our on-going work. We have a programme for the whole year where people will be going around the procuring entities,” Hausi said.
He added: “We have various penalties for various offences; those penalties are currently being incorporated in our regulations.”
Indigenous Business Association of Malawi president Mike Mlombwa said local businesses are, yet to benefit from provision of the law.
“We have not seen any changes and that is why we say sometimes when the president issues a directive, it takes time to be implemented. That negatively affects businesses,” Mlombwa said.
He said the country needed an independent body to ensure adherence to the provisions of the Act.