Lilongwe, Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) says it is committed to promote open contracting agenda in a bid to enhance accountability and transparency in implementation of public projects in the country.
MEJN Executive Director Grace Kumchulesi was speaking Thursday during Open Contracting Multi-Stakeholder Group (OC-MSG) meeting in Lilongwe.
Kumchulesi said MEJN decided to promote open contracting to help government successfully implement its projects.
A study which was done in 2018 revealed that government does a lot of contracting on day to day basis. The study also indicated that large proportion of the budget goes to contracting.
[Therefore], as an organisation, we observed the need to adopt open contacting agenda to help the government successfully implement its projects without abusing public resources, Kumchulesi explained.
She said open contracting fosters positive impact towards implementation of development projects as it enhances disclosure of public resources use, particularly in the procurement of goods and services.
To this effect, Kumchulesi said OC-MSG will facilitate and support ongoing dialogue among government, private sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on open contracting in order to achieve its objectives.
She also said MEJN will also engage media to play the role of investigating issues and creating awareness on open contracting.
Kumchulesi is optimistic that the initiative would help to improve public contracting system particularly in the implementation of infrastructural development of the country.
I am confident that our agenda will foster transparency and accountability in government contracts especially in the construction of infrastructure such as roads and schools; and provision of health services, she said.
Malawi Human Rights Youth Network National Director Leon Matanda commended MEJN for its programme saying it would enable the youth to participate in government contracts.
We have young people who have different businesses but are sidelined when it comes to offers of government contracts; therefore, open contracting will give chances to the youth to access government contracts, Matanda said.
Source: MANA Online