“WE ARE EAGER TO PROMOTE MSMEs PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT”-MINISTRY OF TRADE

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MSMEs in the country have been assured that government is eager to see more micro, small and medium
enterprises participate in the supply of various goods and services to government ministries, departments
and agents. The assurance was given by the Assistant Director of Trade, Rose Kadewere during a workshop
aimed at developing standard operating procedures for the increased participation of MSMEs and
marginalized groups in public procurement held at SMEDI Board and Lodge in Mponela, Dowa.
“We are gathered today to develop standard operating procedures that are aimed at guiding the
participation of SMEs and other marginalized groups in the public procurement” she said” As we are all
aware most of the legal framework in terms of an act of parliament and other legal instruments have already
been enacted that provide for the increased participation of SMEs in public procurement. This is why we
have convened this technical taskforce to within reasonable timeframe develop standard operating
procedures as a way of operationalizing these legislative instruments” she said.
The taskforce comprised representative from Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA), Small and
Medium Enterprises Development Institute (SMEDI), Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of
Gender and Ministry of Economic Planning and Development.
Under the new public procurement, the act spells out margin of preferences for SMEs and other marginalized
groups such as women and youths. The act further stipulates that public procurement by ministries and
government agencies must prefer procurement from local suppliers to foreign suppliers. All these are in line
with the Malawi government buy Malawi strategy which is aimed at improving domestic production and
consumption.
Reacting to these developments, Mr. Alinafe Checho Mpoka, Senior Marketing and Business Development
Officer for SMEDI, said SMEDI as an institution which is responsible for developing and promoting MSMEs
in the country will work closely with all stakeholders to improve on total factor productivity, improve on
quality and standards, and ultimately raise competitiveness for locally produced goods and services. This is
anticipated to enhance in locally produced goods and services being accorded preferential local market access
by the public and private sectors, thus creating synergy that contributes to building a strong integrated
agricultural, industrial and service base, which are necessary to nurture wealth generation in the economy
and ultimately increase job opportunities.
In order to grow the manufacturing sector, there is need for increased purchase of locally produced goods
and services by both the Public and Private sectors. “The Buy Malawi Strategy” is aimed at inculcating in the
mind of all Malawian citizens, patriotism and preference for Malawian goods and services as a means of
supporting the domestic economy. This The Buy Malawi Strategy, therefore, provides not only a road map
but also a suitable framework to stimulate Malawi’s economy by strongly encouraging public and private
sector expenditure that supports goods and services produced locally. In this way we will together foster the
spirit of patriotism and pride in Malawians consuming local products and services, said Mpoka.
On her part Miriam Salika, PPDA Chief Monitoring Officer assured the technical task force that the authority will ensure there is awareness of these programs. She thus announced that her Authority will roll out regional virtual awareness campaign on these developments.

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