PPDA Director General Mr. Ellias Hausi has told the gathering of procurement professionals attending this year’s Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply (MIPS) Annual Conference underway in Mangochi that for a long time Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have been at a disadvantage when competing for government business with large corporate companies. Mr Hausi said that as a regulator of public procurement, the PPDA has taken steps to reverse this status quo. He said among the interventions that the PPDA has made is to draft the MSME Order to enable set asides and administration of preference margins to benefit the MSME sector. He said, however, that there is need for the MSME sector to get organized and be properly registered. Mr Hausi said small businesses also need to enhance their capacities to ensure that the products and services they offer to government are of high standards.

“MSMEs have a role to play and need to position themselves to do business with government. They need to enhance skills and knowledge on bid preparation and form partnerships,” he said. Further, the PPDA Director General told the meeting that the PPDA is implementing various projects to ensure efficiency and greater transparency in the public procurement process in Malawi. He cited e-procurement, open contracting and the e-bay as some of the initiatives that will ensure that there is less human intervention in the procurement process while also enabling government to buy goods and services at competitive market prices.