Honourable Sosten Gwengwe, MP, Minister of Trade today presided over the PPDA stakeholder Consultative Meetings currently underway at Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilongwe. The Meetings are meant to solicit comments from stakeholders on the regulations that have been drafted to operationalise Sections 44 (10) and 36 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPD) Act giving preference to Indigenous Black Malawians and MSMEs in the awarding of public procurement contracts. Section 44 (10) of the PPD Act, popularly known as the 60/40 Provision was introduced in the PPD Act of 2017 by members of Parliament who observed that Malawians were being left out of government business.
In his keynote address the Honourable Minister Sosten Gwengwe, MP noted that for a long time, there has been unequal sharing of the national cake as regards awarding of public procurement contracts. The Minister commended members of Parliament for rising to the occasion when they were called upon to national duty to address the glaring inequalities.