Parastatal organizations

All parastatals got their proposed reforms approved and started implementing the reforms in October 2015

  1. Agriculture and Water Sector
  2. Information, Communications and Technology Sector
  3. Education Sector
  4. Energy and Natural Resources Sector
  5. Financial Sector
  6. Health Sector
  7. Industry, Trade and Tourism Sector
  8. Infrastructure and Transport Sector
  9. Social and Cultural Sector

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  1. Agriculture and Water Sector
    • Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation
      ADMARC was established to promote the Malawian economy by increasing the volume and quality of agricultural exports, to develop new foreign markets for the consumption of Malawian agricultural produce and to supporting Malawi’s farmers. ADMARC reported progress on four (4) reform areas as stated below:
      • Commercial Functions Reforms (Agricultural Production, Crop Purchase Modalities and Social Function Reforms – Subsidy, Subsidy for interest charges, Subsidy for Uneconomic Markets)
      • Financing Reform (Initial working capital and Warehousing Maintenance)
      • Infrastructure Reform
    • National Food Reserve Agency
      The mandate of National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is the management and maintenance of strategic grain reserves by holding ready resources in the form of physical grain stocks and funds necessary for use through normal marketing channels to help reduce impact of failure of private sector to respond to market signals and/or make adequate provisions to satisfy national requirements of grain. NFRA has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Attract customers for Storage Facilities
      • NFRA to become a Maize Export Coordinator
      • Increased Visibility for Fumigation Services
    • Tobacco Control Commission
      The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) is mandated to control and regulate the production and sale of tobacco in Malawi (Tobacco Auction Floors Act and Tobacco Act). TCC is implementing the following reforms:
      • Grower Registration
      • Tobacco Production
      • Grower Returns
      • Financial Sustainability
      • Environmental Management
      • Regulatory Framework
    • Blantyre Water Board
      Blantyre Water Board (BWB) was established in 1929 and reconstituted under the Water Works Act No. 17 of 1995. The board’s mandate is to provide reliable and affordable water supply services to the people of Blantyre city and its surrounding areas. Prior to reforms, Blantyre city faced serious water shortage. Public dissatisfaction was high and government was labelled inefficient. Through reforms, the water supply improved tremendously. The board has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Develop a GIS and Hydraulic Model
      • Develop a Management Information System (MIS)
      • Introduce Mobile Billing
      • Fast Track the Implementation of Prepaid Water Metres
      • Reduce Non-revenue Water
    • Southern Region Water Board
      The mandate of Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) is to make, construct and maintain all such works as are necessary and convenient for the purposes of creating, maintaining and extending water works for supplying water for domestic, public and business purposes, for the extinction of destructive fires, for cleansing streets, lanes, gutters and sewer, and for all other purposes to which water and water works are supplied or are applicable. SRWB has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Outsourcing of Water Quality Assurance Service
      • Implementation of ‘On the Spot’ Billing
      • Fast-tracking the Implementation of Prepaid Water Metres
      • Reduction of Non- Revenue Water
    • Lilongwe Water Board
      Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) is a parastatal water utility organisation in Malawi established in 1947 and reconstituted by the Act of Parliament ‘Water Works Act No. 17 of 1995. The Board is mandated to supply potable water to the City of Lilongwe and the surrounding areas. Its clients include domestic, institutional, industrial as well as commercial customers. The board has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Management of a precarious water situation for Lilongwe City
      • Reduce Non-Revenue Water
      • Develop a Management Information Systems (MIS)
      • Development of Diamphwe Water Source
      • Development of Lake Malawi Water Source for Lilongwe City and other districts
    • Northern Region Water Board
      The mandate of NRWB is to supply water to urban and peri-urban area of the Northern Region of Malawi. Their customers consist of individual households, institutions, commercial entities and communal water points. Northern Region Water Board completed some of its first set of reforms that have now become routine. The board has come up with additional reform areas as follows:
      • Diversify revenue generation through production of bottled water
      • Fast track implementation of prepaid meters
      • Introduce leak detection system and reduce non-revenue water
  2. Information, Communications and Technology Sector
    • Malawi Broadcasting Corporation
      The mandate of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is to inform, educate and entertain through objective, professional and independent programming. MBC has been carrying out the following reforms aimed at modernising its services and increasing revenue.
      • Modernise and Digitise Television and Radio Production Facilities:
      • Establish One Newsroom for Television and Radio Services:
      • Development of Multi Skilled Newsroom Staff
    • Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority
      The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) was established under the Communications Act, Cap 68:01 of the Laws of Malawi to regulate and develop Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Malawi. MACRA is implementing 3 reforms as follows:
      • Introduce Post Codes and Physical Addressing Project(Introduce Post Code)
      • Post Code and Physical Addressing Project(Introduce Physical Addresses)
      • Spectrum Pricing: Geographical Pricing of Spectrum
      • Spectrum Pricing:
      • Designate Blantyre as a Smart City
    • Malawi Postal Corporation
      Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC) was established in 2000 to provide facilities for transmission of postal articles as a commercial entity. MPC has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Commercial -Business Development
      • Internal processes – Automation of Business Processes.
      • Human Resource Management
  3. Education Sector
    • University of Malawi
      The University of Malawi (UNIMA) is mandated to advance knowledge and promoting wisdom and understanding, disseminate, promote, and preserve learning; and offer education of the highest university standard. UNIMA has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Conducive Organic Character of the University
      • Sustainable Financing and Funding
      • Infrastructure Development
      • Quality Products and Services
      • Foresight and Strategic Planning
    • Mzuzu University
      Mzuzu University (MZUNI) is mandated to engage and provide facilities for higher/university education, research, and training responsive to the needs of Malawi, Africa and the whole world; and to encourage the advancement and dissemination of learning and research. MZUNI has been implementing the following reforms:
      • Governance
      • Teaching and Learning
      • Research and Consultancy
      • Outreach
      • Quality Assurance and Monitoring and Evaluation
      • Resource Mobilisation
      • Communication and Marketing:
    • Malawi University of Science and Technology
      The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) is the Fourth Public University established by the Government of Malawi through Act of Parliament number 031 of 2012. It is mandated to provide science and technology education, research, entrepreneurship and outreach to facilitate economic growth in Malawi and beyond. It aims at providing quality learning opportunities for scientists, engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs and industrialists in science and technology for economic development. MUST reforms areas are as follows:
      • Adopt a Business Unusual Approach
      • Increase Female Enrolment
      • Performance Management System
    • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
      Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources(LUANAR) is mandated to provide quality education and training in agricultural and natural resources science, engineering and irrigation technologies, agro-processing, entrepreneurship, trade, climate change adaptation, sustainable utilization of natural resources and environmental preservation for socio-economic development. LUANAR has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Institutional Governance
      • Impact of University on Society
      • Resource Mobilisation
      • Marketing and Communication
      • Agricultural Extension
      • Quality Assurance
      • General Operations
      • Teaching and Learning Environment
      • Energy Source Diversification
    • National Commission for Science and Technology
      National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) is mandated to advise the Government and other stakeholders on all science and technology matters in order to achieve a science and technology-led development. NCST has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Research and Development
      • Strengthening of NCST’s Capacity
      • Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
      • Resource Mobilisation Mechanism
      • Incorporation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Donor Programmes
    • National Library Service
      The National Library Services (NLS) is a Statutory Corporation established under the Act of Parliament, No. 31 of 1967. It is mandated to promote, establish, equip, manage, maintain and develop libraries in Malawi. NLS has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • The Amendment of the National Library Service Act
      • Introduce Cost-sharing with Library Users
      • Acquire Legal Deposit Rights from Government
      • Designate NLS as a Regulator of Library Standards in Malawi
      • Establishment of Centre for the Book
      • Increased Funding for Preservation Services
      • Enhancement of the use of ICT Services
    • Technical Education and Vocational Entrepreneurship Training Authority
      Technical Education and Vocation Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) is mandated to promote, coordinate and facilitate technical, entrepreneurial and vocational education and training in Malawi. TEVET has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Outsource Levy Collection to Malawi Revenue Authority
      • Establish a Unified Assessment and Awarding Body
      • Review TEVET Qualifications Framework
    • Malawi Accountants Board
      The Malawi Accountancy Board (MAB) is regulator and examining board of accountancy. It entrenches professional ethics. The Malawi Accountancy Board is undertaking the following:
      • Mandatory Registration of all Accountants in Malawi
      • Improve Visibility of MAB
      • Increase in Revenue
      • Conduct Audit Quality Assurance Reviews
      • Automation of Accounting System
    • Malawi Institute of Education
      Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) is mandated to design, monitor and evaluate Curricula Primary, Secondary schools and Primary Teacher Education Curriculum, publish and evaluate curricula materials, provide continuing professional development to education personnel, and conduct education related research. Upon completion of some initial reforms, the institution proposed new reform areas that were approved. MIE has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Review of the Primary School Curriculum
      • Review of the Secondary School Curriculum
      • Review of the Primary Teacher Education Curriculum
      • Creation of an Electronic Catalogue
      • Establishment of a Printing Press
    • Malawi National Examinations Board
      Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) is mandated to conduct academic and other examinations at the conclusion of any approved course in Malawi as it may be considered desirable in the public interest; award certificates or diplomas to successful candidates in such examinations; and organise training courses for, or arrange for the training of examiners, markers, supervisors, invigilators, testing, research and computer personnel to ensure proper management of examinations and tests, among others. MANEB has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Abolition of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE)
      • Discontinuation of Issuance of the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education
      • Review Registration and Examination Fees
      • Introduction of Electronic Marking
    • Malawi College of Accountancy
      Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) is a professional training institution in the field of Accounting and Finance. It is mandated to train personnel in Accounting and was established in 1980 by Government under the education Act 1980. Malawi College of Accountancy has been implementing the following reforms:
      • Infrastructure Development
      • Conduct Functional and Operational Review on Employee Management
      • Relocation of the College to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development
      • Capacity Building Opportunities
    • National Council for Higher Education
      The National Commission for Higher Education (NCHE) is mandated to assess and accredit institutions of higher learning to promote continuous improvement and enhancement of the quality of higher education in Malawi. NCHE has been carrying the following reforms:
      • Facilitation of the Development of the Overarching Higher Education Act
      • Opening up of the Training of Lawyers to other Universities.
      • Establishment of a Sustainable Funding Mechanism
      • Enhance the Autonomy of the Council
    • Malawi National Commission for UNESCO
      The Malawi National Commission for UNESCO which was created through General Notice No. 375 in the Government Gazette of 1st June, 1979 is mandated to contribute to peace and human development in an era of globalization through education, sciences, culture, communication and information. The Commission has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Establishment of a Two-pronged Funding Approach
      • Establishment of a National Educational Resource Centre
  4. Energy and Natural Resources Sector
    • Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi
      Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) is a vertically integrated limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act (1984). Its mandate is to generate, transmit, distribute and retail electricity in Malawi. It may also retail electricity to neighbouring countries. The Corporation has been marred with inefficiencies and non-cost reflective pricing. The combined effect has been declining capacity to expand power generation to meet growing industrial and household demand. Inadequate energy supply has been one of the major concerns to investors and has thwarted efforts to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). Reforms therefore aim at improving efficiency and improving revenue collection and liberalize the energy market.
      • Restructuring of ESCOM
      • Enhance revenue collection efficiency
    • National oil Company of Malawi
      National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) was established under Companies Act of 1984 in December, 2010 to undertake the following functions: manage a strategic reserve facility; provide at a fee hospitality to new entrants as one way of promoting competition; and promote upstream oil and gas exploration. NOCMA has been undertaking the following reforms:
      • Develop guidelines for Bulk Procurement System and Gazette the Guidelines
    • Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority
      The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) is mandated to regulate the activities of the energy industry in accordance with the energy Regulation Act 2004 and Energy Laws. MERA has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Creation of an Independent Petroleum Importation Coordinator
      • Development of a Framework for Independent Power Producers
    • National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens
      The National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of Malawi (NHBG) is mandated to develop and manage herbaria and botanic gardens in Malawi. It carries its activities through conservation, research and environmental education of plant diversity and other related issues for national heritage and socioeconomic development. NHBG has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Development of Operational Reforms
      • Legal Reforms
      • Capital Reforms
      • Financial Reforms
  5. Financial Sector
    • Malawi Revenue Authority
      Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) among other mandates conducts assessment, collection and receipt of specified revenue. Financing of government functions is dependent on the ability of the Authority to collect tax revenue. Its reforms tilted towards improving tax payer compliance and expanding the tax base. It is through reforms that the Authority has continued to meet and at times exceed its revenue collection target despite the challenges. Improvement in tax collection and widening of tax base is further evidenced by the newspaper clip below which quoted MRA officer testifying impact of reforms.
      • Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS)
      • E-payments System (Mytax Online)
      • Electronic Fiscal Device
      • Install Cargo Scanners
      • Migration from ASYCUDA ++ to ASYCUDA World
      • Interface ASYCUDA with MalTIS and 24/7 system (Interpol)
    • Public Private Partnership Commission
      Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) is mandated to facilitate the development and implementation of public private partnership arrangements for purposes of fostering efficient delivery of infrastructure and services as a means of achieving sustainable economic growth. PPPC has been implementing the following reforms:
      • Review of the PPP Act and Regulatory Framework
      • Resource Mobilisation
      • Capacity Building and Establishment of PPP Nodes
      • Establishment of a Development Bank
      • Construction of a Purpose Built Office Complex
    • Roads Fund Administration
      The Roads Funds Administration (RFA) is mandated to raise, administer and account for funds for construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of public roads. RFA planned to implement the following reforms:
      • Introduction of Toll Gates
      • Automation of Payment Systems
      • Introduction of an Automated Fuel Levy Adjustment System
      • Introduction of Roads Fund Bond
      • Introduction Access Fees for Foreign Vehicles
  6. Health Sector
    • Medical Council of Malawi
      The Medical Council of Malawi (MCM) exists to protect the general public, registerable medical, dental and allied health professionals, and guides the medical and dental professions. MCM has been carrying out the following reform areas:
      • Review of Medical Practitioners & Dentist Act
      • Enhancement of Revenue Collection
      • Production of Biometric Badges
    • Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board
      The Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB) was established through an Act of Parliament No.15 of 1988 as Drug Regulatory Authority responsible for regulation of medicines, pharmacy practice and enforcement of the associated legal provisions in the legislation. The Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board has been carrying out the following reform areas:
      • Repeal of the PMP Act 1988
      • Introduction of Tip-Offs Anonymous Programme
      • Construction of a New Quality Control Laboratory
      • Establishment of Food and Medicine Regulatory Authority
      • Enforcement of Regulation of Traditional Medicines
    • Central Medical Stores Trust
      The Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) is mandated to provide health commodity procurement, warehousing and distribution services to the Malawian public health sector. CMST has been implementing the following reforms:
      • Warehousing
      • Procurement
      • Distribution
      • Joint Strategy in Supply Chain Integration
      • Development of Online Ordering and Web Page
    • Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi
      Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi (NMCM) is mandated to maintain quality nursing and midwifery services to the public. NMCM planned to carry out the following reforms:
      • Review of the Nurse and Midwives Act
      • Resource Mobilisation
      • Establishment of Regional Offices
  7. Industry, Trade and Tourism Sector
    • Malawi Investment and Trade Centre
      Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) is a trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote Malawi as an ideal destination for trade and investment in Africa and beyond. MITC operates as a One-Stop Service Centre for business start-ups as mandated by the Investment and Export Promotion Act of 2012. MITC has been carrying out the following reform areas:
      • Construction of a Purpose Built Office
      • Introduction of Levies
      • Review of the MITC Act
      • Review of Incentives for Investors to Promote Value Addition
      • Establishment of an MITC Office in Tete
    • Malawi Bureau of Standards
      Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is responsible for facilitating trade and consumer safety through standard testing. It identified two reform areas aimed at improving consumer confidence in Malawian products through a robust standard testing infrastructure and increasing its revenue through levy.
      • Standardisation Quality Assurance and Metrology (SQAM)
      • Revenue Enhancement
    • Small and Medium Enterprise Development Institute
      Small and Medium Enterprise Development Institute (SMEDI) is mandated to support the creation of an enabling environment, develop sustainable MSMEs in Malawi, enhance access to finance, improve information availability to MSMEs and to compete in new markets. SMEDI planned to implement the following reforms:
      • Enactment of MSME Act
      • Approval of MSME Policy
      • Construction of Purpose- Built Office
      • Enhancement of Governance
      • Designation of Land
    • Competition and Fair Trading Commission
      Competition and Fair Trading Commission(CFTC) is mandated to regulate, monitor, control and prevent acts or behaviour which are likely to adversely affect competition and fair trading in Malawi. CFTC has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Amendment of the Competition and Fair Trading Act
      • Amend Consumer Protection Act
      • Alignment of Sectoral Laws to Competition and Fair Trading Laws
      • Construction of Own Office Complex
    • Malawi Gaming Board/National Lotteries Board
      Malawi Gaming Board /National Lotteries Board (MGB/NLB) is mandated to (a) provide regulation of National Lotteries and other lotteries; control and license other lotteries, generate funds for economic development and matters connected with or incidental thereto; and (b) provide for the regulation of gaming, control and licensing of gaming premises, for the imposition and recovery of tax on gaming, and for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing. Malawi Gaming Board /National Lotteries Board has been carrying out the following reform areas:
      • Reduction of Import Duty on Gaming and Lottery Equipment
      • Enactment of Malawi Gaming and Lotteries Authority (MAGLA) Act
      • Promotion of PPP and Joint Venture Arrangements in Tourism
  8. Infrastructure and Transport Sector
    • Airports Development Limited
      The mandate of Airports Development Limited (ADL) include purchase, acquire, provide, construct, use, take on lease, develop, establish and maintain aerodrome and support systems; carry out preventive and collective maintenance on building infrastructure properties at airports in Malawi. The following reforms are being implemented by ADL:
      • Installation of Common Use Terminal Equipment
      • Automation of Car Parks
      • ADL Mandate Expansion
      • Introduction of Additional Revenue Sources
      • Baggage Conveyor Belt Replacement- KIA
      • Outsourcing of Aviation Security
      • Review of Ownership of Strategic Properties
      • Seeking of strategic partners in management of all Duty Free Shops
      • Installation of Baggage Reconciliation System
      • Purchase of Food Catering High Loader at KIA
      • Construction and Modernization of KIA Fuel Filling Station
      • Installation of Automated Door Access Control System
      • Rehabilitation of lighting at KIA
    • Roads Authority
      The Roads Authority (RA) is mandated to ensure that public roads are constructed, maintained or rehabilitated at all times; and to advise the Minister and, where appropriate, the Minister responsible for Local Government and Rural Development on the preparation and efficient and effective implementation of the Annual National Roads Programme (ANRP). Roads Authority has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Review of the Public Roads Act
      • Devolution of Management of the Public Road Network
    • National Construction Industry Council
      National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) was established by Act of Parliament (Cap 53:05 of the Laws of Malawi), with the mandate of regulation, promotion and development of the Construction Industry in Malawi. NCIC has been carrying out the following reforms:
      • Phasing Out the Use of Burnt Bricks
      • The Review of the NCI Act:
      • Streamlining the Procurement of Infrastructure
      • Establishment of an Umbrella Body for Professional Boards
      • Construction of Rammed Earth Demonstration House
    • Malawi Housing Corporation
      Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) was established in 1964 by the Malawi Housing Corporation Act (Cap 32:02 of the Laws of Malawi). Its mandate are to: i) undertake the management of such houses and housing estates as the minister responsible for housing matters may entrust to the Corporation; and ii) undertake the development, construction and maintenance of houses and housing estates including plots development. The Act positioned MHC as a social service institution whose houses rentals should not reflect market trends. As a result of that, the Corporation has been operating in losses and could not expand asset base to meet the increasing demand for houses. Maintenance of existing housing portfolio has also been problematic. The following are reform areas for MHC:
      • Inclusion of Housing as a Priority Sector
      • Amendment of the Malawi Housing Corporation Act
      • Enactment of the Sectional Titles Bill
    • Lilongwe Handling Company
      Lilongwe Handling Company (LIHACO) is mandated to provide passenger, ramp and cargo handling services to national and international carriers and airlines. LIHACO has been implementing the following reform areas:
      • Conformity to International Aviation Standards
      • Strategic Partnership
  9. Social and Cultural Sector
    • Malawi National Council of Sports
      Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) is mandated to develop, promote and control all forms of sport in the country. Malawi National Council of Sports has been carrying out the following reform areas:
      • Introduction of Physical Education (PE) in Primary Schools
      • Introduction of Automated Gate Fee Collection System
    • Copyright Society of Malawi
      The Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) is mandated to promote and protect the interests of authors, performers, translators, producers of sounds recordings, broadcasters, publishers and in particular, to collect and distribute any royalties or other remuneration accruing to them in respect of their rights provided in the Copyright Act (1989).
      • Review of the Copyright Act, 1989:
      • Integration of Arts Development Project
      • Adoption of the Intellectual Property Policy
    • Malawi Council for the Handicapped
      Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) is mandated to facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities to enable them to actively participate and be included in social economic development activities of their communities and the country.
      • Enactment of the Malawi Council for Disability Bill
      • Revitalisation and Restructuring of Bangwe Factory
      • Expansion of the Lilongwe Vocational Training Centre