The National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) says specialised and risk associated nature of the construction industry places a responsibility on the public sector to continuously improve its procurement and delivery management.
NCIC, in a statement, said improvement should be in a manner that promotes efficiency, value for money, transformation and the sustainable development of the construction industry.
The construction industry regulatory body said the new approach in the construction industry management is needed to ensure quality of operations for local as well as foreign firms operating in Malawi.
“As stipulated in Section 4 of the project registration regulations, clients need to apply to register their projects not more than 21 working days after the parties have executed the contract in writing.
“The introduction of the project registration initiative will assist clients to be able to access information about track records and the performance history of contractors and this shall help them select the best performers for their works,” reads the statement in part.
It says that more registration of projects shall enable clients to target the right contractor with the right skills thereby saving time, resources and effort by standardising contract and tender documents.
But NCIC says that capacity constraints of the local construction industry has been identified as one of the bottlenecks to the achievement of sustainable socio-economic development through infrastructure development in Malawi.
“Capacity constraints, coupled with unavailability of data in the construction industry regarding production and use of construction outputs, value of works, materials, components, equipment, technology and labour force, analysis of the construction industry in Malawi is very challenging,” says the statement.