Small Scale Traders To Compete for 57 Public Procurements

The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority – PPDA has set aside 57 public procurements windows that will specifically be awarded to small-scale businesses when government wants to buy goods and services.

PPDA Advisory Service Manager, Miriam Salika has told Zodiak in Mzuzu on Monday that the authority will soon start training micro, small and medium enterprises on how they can be accessing public procurements.

``For some time now, small-scale business operators have been complaining that they are not being given the opportunity to take part in public procurement.  Let’s assure these traders that, this will now be history as the traders now have 57 public procurements to access”, says Salika.

This is part of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Order which government gazetted in December last year where among other things, Capitol Hill should prioritize the awarding of contracts to micro, small, and medium enterprises.

In an interview with Zodiak online, Procurement Manager at the Northern Region Water Board, Alex Chambukira noted that most small-scale traders are reluctant to learn what is required when competing for tendering contracts.

Says Chambukira, ``there are requirements for one to be public contracts. When you invite micro, small and Medium Enterprises to tender meetings, for example, they don’t show up”.

Meanwhile, PPDA has upgraded its Website a move which is expected to reduce corruption when buying goods and services in government offices as information will be made public. 


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