The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) says capacity building for public procurement staff is key to improving efficiencies in the procurement of public goods and services.
Speaking during the orientation workshop of Blantyre Water Board (BWB) board members and executive management on Monday in Thyolo, PPDA board chairperson John Suzi Banda said over 70 percent of the total budget for every procuring and disposing entity spent is on goods, works and services.
He said: “Therefore, there is need to adhere to the provisions of the Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act of 2017.
“There are a number of initiatives that we have put together to bring about change that everyone wants to see in public procurement. One thing is training members in public procurement process.”
Banda observed that lack of transparency in some processes, dishonesty on the part of suppliers and lack of good training on part of procurement officers aresome of the key obstacles hindering public procurement. In a separate interview, BWB board chairperson George Nnesa said the board has been facing procurement challenges with cases of misprocurement and cancelled tenders arising.