Expectations are high that contractual partnerships under the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) will be standardised following the launch of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Policy and Act.
The manual contains all the required legal frameworks and guidelines on what needs to be done before and during a partnership between the government and investors.
Speaking in Lilongwe during the launch, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe, said the manual is crucial in sanitising development contracts that the government signs with private partners.
Gondwe underscored the need for Malawians to come together and be patriotic in growing the economy.
“In both public and private sectors are some highly trained people who have a lot of technical knowledge that can be used by the country to develop. If we came together, rather than engaging in a blame game, and decided to do something positive, we would have developed this country and have state-of-the art infrastructure by now,” Gondwe said.
PPPC Chairperson, Lamion Gama, said the manual would simplify processes to partnerships as, in the past, people did not know what is required to complete a deal.
“This document is of paramount importance because, in the past, people did not know the procedures to follow in identifying the projects for PPP. This manual will help the line ministries because they will know all the steps to take since partnerships involve thorough procedures,” Gama said.
He disputed assertions that the country has not benefitted from previous PPP deals, stressing that such critics do not understand what goes on in such deals.
The Commission is expected to oversee PPP deals on number of projects such as the City Council Bus Terminal in Blantyre, Mpatamanga, Kholombidzo and Fufu hydro power stations, Cape Maclear Hotel, toll roads, as well as parking spaces in Blantyre.