Malawi Govt establishes Contracts Negotiation Unit

Office of President and Cabinet has announced the established a special unit called Government Contracts Negotiation Unit (GCNU) to be scrutinizing all contracts and procurement agreements in all ministries, departments and parastatals.

Chief Secretary to the Government, Bright Msaka,  said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that the  the mandate of the unit “shall include all contracts including construction, provision or supply of goods and services, concessions and all such agreements that place an obligation on the Malawi Government or have an impact on the resources and endowment of Malawi.”

Msaka said the GCNU constitutes of a multi-disciplinary team of experts in various fields such as engineering, economics, law and accounting.

Msaka: Contracts unit

The unit will also be responsible for reviewing, considering, vetting, negotiating and passing contractual proposals before they are concluded and agreed between the Malawi Government and other parties and stakeholders.

Following the establishment of the GCNU; ministries, departments, parastatals and other State bodies are required to engage the Unit whenever they intend to enter into a contract, concession, agreement and any major procurement arrangements with other parties, whether local or foreign entities.

“Government shall only commit itself to financing and implementing contracts and other procurement agreements upon such contracts and agreements being thoroughly vetted, scrutinized and certified as reasonable, advantageous and having value for money, by the Government Contracts Negotiation Unit (GCNU),” explains the statement.

Msaka explained that the requirement is intended to ensure value for money for the contracts and procurements. He added that it will ensure that such arrangements are in the interest of the Malawi government and benefit the people of Malawi.

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