Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Joseph Mwanamveka has asked procurement officers and suppliers to desist from corruption noting the element was detrimental to the country’s economic growth.
Mwanamveka said procurement officers and suppliers had an important role to play in the country’s economy and said that could only be possible if they desist from corruption and bribery.
“Procurement officers and suppliers being front runners in service delivery could play a significant role in developing the nation only if they don’t allow corrupt practices to reign in their line of duty,” Mwanamveka said.
The minister made the observation in an interview with the Malawi News Agency on Friday after opening an annual general meeting of the Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply (MAIPS) in Malawi currently underway in Mangochi. Mwanamveka emphasised that corruption takes away the value of the economy.
“There are some buildings, bridges and roads that have been done that are sub–standard where government has spent a lot of money to maintain those structures. This in other words, erodes the value of the economy as government is losing a lot of money in the process,” Mwanamveka said.
Mwanamveka then appealed to procurement officers and suppliers to buy goods and services done in Malawi as part of the Buy Malawian Campaign which aims at growing the country’s economy.
“The Buy Malawian initiative is going to develop the economy of the country as production will be done in Malawi, employment will be created in Malawi and it will also save foreign exchange earnings,” he said.
Speaking in a separate interview, Acting MAIPS President, Bennadeta Maere urged members of institute to observe high standards of integrity and avoid putting their names into disrepute by engaging in unprofessional conduct such as corruption which has negative socio–economic implications.
“As members of the institute, we have a duty to serve the name of MAIPS by ensuring that we adhere to ethical code of conduct which will also earn us trust from the general public,” she pointed out.