The recent enactment of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Bill of June 2017 will see the establishment of the new regulatory authority of public procurement and disposal of public assets in the country which will soon replace the Office of the Directorate of Public Procurement (ODPP).
ODPP Director Paul Taulo told a procurement and supply management conference in Mangochi on Friday that the PPDA shall step up anti-corruption drive in the way public procurement is conducted in the country by increasing capacity building, monitoring, oversight and regulatory activities.
“We are in the process of establishing the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA). This means that the PPDA will shortly replace ODPP which was established under the Public Procurement Act of 2003 which was primarily responsible for the establishment of the Malawi Institute of Procurement and supply (MIPS) in 2008,” said Taulo.
“The country should expect a new level of performance and compliance to the law than it was in the past because the PPDA has been given the whip, which the ODPP did not have,” added Taulo.
He said some of the reasons for bringing in PPDA are the provision for disposal of public assets, provision for stand still period in a procurement proceeding and also provision for penalties for controlling officers who contravene the provisions of the PPDA.
“PPDA will clarify some areas presumed ‘grey’ in the Public Procurement Act of 2003 like the chairmanship of the internal procurement committees (IPC) among others. It will also provide autonomy and the board of directors to provide supervision and guidance to the PPDA. This is also a clear direction for moving into e-procurement platform,” said Taulo.
Taulo said PPDA will continue to work with MIPS to sensitize both public and private organizations not to hire non-qualified procurement staff to take charge of key responsibilities of the procurement and supply chain functions.
“Both the PPDA and MIPS Acts shall complement each other for a robust, accountable and trustworthy procurement regime. The two pieces of legislation must ensure that all the dirt, be it professional or non-professional is cleaned from the system,” said Taulo.