Women entrepreneurs in Northern Region have applauded Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) for imparting them with skills on open contracting to enhance their participation in public and private sector procurement processes.
Speaking in Mzuzu during training for women and youths in open contracting process in the agriculture sector over the weekend, Purple Innovation for Women and Girls Director, Patricia Mtungira said the training would help advance the cause for more women entrepreneurs to participate in procurement processes.
“The procuring business involves a lot of money and if women get chances to win tenders, their livelihood and that of people around them will improve.
“This training has given them an opportunity to appreciate the contracting process. We are confident most women will now be confident to participate in various bidding processes,” she said.
Speaking during the training, Timothy Kalembo, a procurement expert who is also Assistant Director of Public Procurement and Disposal of Asserts (PPDA) said PPDA is working on a provision that gives opportunity for special groups of people of which women are part of.
“This training complements our efforts in ensuring that all groups of people get equal opportunities in public procurement.
“At the same time, we are working on a provision that will give opportunity to special groups of people, which include women and youth, hence the training being a timely innovation,” he said.
CISANET, with support from HIVOS is implementing a four-month project in partnership with Purple Innovation for Women and Girls and Association for Women in Media- North Chapter.
The project aims at encouraging women entrepreneurs to participate in open contracting processes.- By Rose Mahorya